Donald Trump launches fresh attack on Barack Obama over North Korea crisis
Oct 14 2017
North Korea again threatened on Friday October 13th 2017 with firing missiles near the American island of Guam at Washington's military deployment in the region, the same day that the United States and Seoul announced new naval maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula.
The drill, which involves aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, is scheduled to begin Monday in waters east and west of South Korea.
The KCNA report listed a string of perceived USA provocations - including a litany of bombastic threats from President Trump, recent deployments of a U.S. nuclear submarine and aircraft carrier to the region, and a new round of "high intensity" United States and South Korea joint naval drills. US and South Korean warplanes will also join the exercise, which takes place amid heightened tensions over North Korea's advancing nuclear missile programme.
Does the ominous rhetoric from President Donald Trump and repeated flights by US strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula mean Washington is readying for what many feel is unthinkable - a military conflict with a nuclear-armed North Korea that would put millions of civilians at risk?
In this undated footage, people celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.
It remains unclear whether North Korea will lash out with a weapons test during the exercise, as it often has in the past.
The US has threatened Pyongyang in its own ways, recently by flying two B-1B strategic bombers in Pyongyang's backyard and test-firing ground-attack missiles earlier this week before kicking off joint naval exercises with allies South Korea and Japan on Friday.
The North Korean state agency issued this comment on the same day that South Korean and U.S. naval forces announced they will conduct high-profile joint maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula next week to counter the growing threat of Pyongyang.
Nothing enrages Pyongyang more than perceived affronts to their "Supreme Dignity" - a reference to leader Kim Jong Un - who is revered above all else in the authoritarian nation.
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, the US President lambasted his predecessor and suggested he and previous incumbents of the White House had handled the North Korea situation badly.
Anyone anxious that the United States-North Korea impasse is heading to a nuclear showdown should relax. But Trump has added to tensions in recent weeks by employing similarly tough talk, threatening to "totally destroy" or rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea.
On North Korea, Kelly said Americans "should be concerned about a state that has developed a pretty good ICBM capability and is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle". He said there was already "great concern" about Americans living in Guam.
He told reporters that if the threat grows "beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works" - just the latest in a series of cryptic messages from the Trump administration.
As long as the USA maintains its pressure on North Korea, it will not negotiate over its nuclear weapons arsenal, the Hermit Kingdom's foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho told Russia'sTASS News Agency. They have detected three similar tremors from near the test site since the North's nuclear test on Sept 3, in which North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb. The North Korean government views them as a dress rehearsal for an invasion - even as the USA insists they are purely defensive in nature.