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Former Gov. Bill Richardson weighs in on North Korea threat

Former Gov. Bill Richardson weighs in on North Korea threat

North Korea is responding to the president's statement saying it is seriously examining a plan to strike Guam with a ballistic missile.

South Korea earlier sought to damp down tensions between over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, telling its northern neighbour that the door to dialogue is still open.

In a recent message, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said, "Since North Korea is very close to crossing the red line, Seoul needs to ramp up all defence measures against North Korea's potential threat", said another Seoul city official who asked not to be identified by name. Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm. Guam officially became a USA territory in 1950 and was put under the administration of the Department of the Navy.

Diplomat and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson weighed in after North Korea issued yet another threat at Guam.

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The officials told NBC that the attack would originate from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering a strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam, hours after President Donald trump said any threat from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury".

The unsettling document also instructs Guamanians to dispose of their clothes and wash heavily if they were outside during or after missiles hit the island, as this would help "remove radioactive material that may have settled on your body".

Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by US bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening.

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"Everyone is nervous, but I think it is our families out there stateside that are more nervous for us", Sokala said. -South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman. Hundreds of thousands of troops and huge arsenals are arrayed on both sides of the tense demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to sanction Pyongyang for its missile tests. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.93 percent, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index declining 2.13 percent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution to the dispute, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

"I'm constantly watching to see what the updates are", she said. It is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southeast of North Korea, much closer than it is to any of the United States.

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"It is hard to imagine any real diplomacy kicking in", said Kim Ki-ho, professor of worldwide politics at South Korea's Kyonggi University. Trump on Thursday again urged China to do more to resolve the situation.


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