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Former spy chief: Denuclearized North Korea not in the cards

Former spy chief: Denuclearized North Korea not in the cards

President Donald Trump says North Korea's leader will "regret it fast" if he threatens or acts against Guam, or any other USA territory or ally.

It was a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's unusually stern warning to the DPRK on Tuesday, when he said "North Korea (DPRK) best not make any more threats to the United States".

North Korea's state-run media reported on Tuesday that Kim was briefed on the specific details of a missile strike.

Pyongyang's plans to fire missiles near Guam prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with U.S. President Donald saying the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely.

On the North's intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, Song said that it's hard to say that the regime has definitely succeeded in mastering atmospheric re-entry technology. Moreover, Beijing will not allow the Kim regime to collapse when the result would be a flood of refugees, and possibly US troops on its doorstep, on a unified, USA -allied Korean peninsula.

The ministry said that the North's threat to strike Guam was seen as aimed at protesting the latest package of U.N. Security Council sanctions and setting up a one-on-one standoff with the U.S.

In a meeting with top aides at the presidential Blue House, Mr. Moon said South Korea would work to safeguard peace on the peninsula in cooperation with the United States and other countries.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will do everything he can to protect the Japanese people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam.

At this point, President Trump represents the closest thing to a wild card in this scenario.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests previous year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, tests it often conducts to coincide with important national dates. Already North Korea is suffering grain shortages after a parched spring.

Many fallout shelters - created to protect people from nuclear weapon attacks - were built as the USA and Soviet Union raced to develop atomic weapons during the Cold War, which spanned from the late '40s to early '90s.

But if Kim Jong-un did decide to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at the U.S. territory, the Trump administration would have to decide pretty fast what action to take.

It also said that the North is likely to undertake provocations in protest of the United Nations sanctions as well as the upcoming joint military exercises between the USA and the South.

Seoul, a vibrant metropolitan area of 25 million people, lies within range of North Korea's conventional artillery, stationed just across the border 30 miles to the north. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including more than 28,000 US troops, also live in South Korea.

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Theresa May, who is still on holiday, is yet to comment on the growing crisis between North Korea and the US.

Today is a public holiday in North Korea (Liberation of the Fatherland Day - marking the end of World War II). In any case, it certainly appears that the United States won't be ridding the world of Kim Jong-un as easily as they got rid of Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

Kim said the United States must "make a proper option first and show it through action, as it committed provocations after introducing huge nuclear strategic equipment into the vicinity of the peninsula" and that it "should stop at once arrogant provocations" against North Korea, state media said.

In a statement Saturday, Macron said the situation "undermines the preservation of worldwide peace" and the North Korean regime "poses a serious threat to the security of its neighbors". While there has been some resistance and displeasure from the people of Guam over the USA military's presence, it is also essential to the island's economy, second only to tourism in importance.

"In line with these expectations, USA -based North Korea monitoring Web site "38 North" released satellite imagery of a submarine base in North Korea on Friday". That was a direct quote, 'We would destroy them'.

"We are working hard to complete (the deployment) as quickly as possible", Song said.

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