How the US Would Stop Missiles Headed to Guam

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Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War II, defence officials and analysts say.

The Hill reported Friday evening that after a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump calmed the charged rhetoric of the last week and simply claimed "hopefully it will all work out".

President Donald Trump has issued a number of warnings to the rogue state over its threats to the USA and on Friday said leader Kim Jong Un will "truly regret an attack on Guam".

Meanwhile, public safety officials on the island on Friday distributed a pamphlet advising residents how to prepare and react should North Korea follow through on its threats.

The publication came after US President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea, threatening Pyongyang with a military solution.

But the USA announced Friday it will carry out its annual joint military exercises with South Korea later this month.

But it also said that if the US and South Korea attacked North Korea to force regime change, then China must intervene to prevent it.

"After listening for 10 minutes, I realised it's not so easy", Mr Trump said. It also said that Trump looked forward to visiting China later this year, calling the relationship between the two leaders "extremely close".

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With hundreds of thousands of troops and huge arsenals arrayed on both sides of a tense demilitarised zone, the Korean peninsula has always been a tinder box. Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, estimated the risk of a military conflict between the USA and North Korea as "very high", and said Moscow was deeply concerned.

Even a conventional clash could cause catastrophic casualties, given the thousands of North Korean artillery pieces ranged along the border.

At least 1,000 of those weapons are capable of reaching the densely populated South Korean capital Seoul and its metropolitan area, home to some 25 million people.

Former defense secretary under Bill Clinton, William Perry, similarly called Trump's apparent threat of first use of nuclear weapons against North Korea "a risky departure from historical precedent", saying that the current crisis called for "measured language".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said diplomacy was the answer: "Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response".

"I would like to de-nuke the world", he said. Along with a bigger set of maneuvers held every spring, the exercises are routinely met by strong condemnation and threats of countermeasures from North Korea. And Trump seems to believe there's no such thing as bad publicity. He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so". According to CNN, South Korea's military has detected no preparations for a missile launch from the north, and experts suspect the real goal of the threat is geopolitical theatre.

Yun said the catastrophe would not just be human, but would take an economic toll on the countries as well.

He did, however, say that Japanese Ageis destroyers equipped with antimissile SM-3 rockets might be allowed to shoot down the missiles, according to the Japan Times, which cited him as saying, "You can not rule out the possibility that [such a situation] might affect the chance of Japan's survival". The London Daily Mail, usually merely guilty reading for those who can't get enough about Caitlyn Jenner's lingerie, Elvis and UFO sightings, or how Donald Trump was sent back in time to warn himself about trifling with the eccentric super-sized child in Pyongyang.

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