U.S. military is 'locked and loaded' on North Korea

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This is a whole new ballgame.

Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to introduce a set of punishing sanctions that could cost North Korea nearly $1 billion off of its $3 billion annual export revenue.

But if North Korea escalates, the USA must be prepared to escalate to massive disarming strikes, including use of nuclear weapons.

Yet many foreign policy establishment Democrats and Republicans, who previously insisted a nuclear-armed North Korea is unacceptable, are now arguing for accommodation (really appeasement and surrender).

The president's rhetoric, many noted on social media, sounded a lot like what we hear out of North Korea - both foolish and unhinged.

North Korea regularly promises to reduce Japan to "debris" in state-sponsored news broadcasts but these sabre-rattling claims have escalated wildly in recent days. Separately, Japan's defense ministry came to a similar conclusion. Fixating on Kim's weapons of mass destruction helps nobody - and least of all everyday North Koreans. Trump said that the United States was considering further economic penalties against Pyongyang that would be "as strong as they get", though he offered no specifics. That a tenth the power of many warheads in the US arsenal, which depend on nuclear fusion to create a far larger thermonuclear explosion.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests past year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

What happens if Guam is attacked?

Officials haven't raised the USA territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said.

But they have forgotten that Mao's China, after being threatened by Russian Federation with nuclear destruction over the 1969 Ussuri River crisis, became a tacit ally of the USA throughout the rest of the Cold War, even helping undermine the USSR in Afghanistan.

"Shooting at Guam is no different than shooting at New York City", he said. Theoretically this is necessary, but the USA has not declared war on anyone since the Second World War, not Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, nor Syria.

Guam already has a defense system in place, - the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD - which shoots down ballistic missiles.

Rolando Zepeda, a teacher, said he was not making any emergency plans for a nuclear attack.

American and South Korean officials said the exercises would happen as planned this month.

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USA forces on the island were not immediately available for comment.

North Korean missiles can reach the continental United States.

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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. So, a strike that cut off that route could make such American troop deployments hard.

Australia, a long-time U.S. ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the United States is attacked by North Korea. -South Korea drills begin.

'Kim Jung-un is as insane as typhoons but I am more scared of typhoons because they are real threats'.

With US president Donald Trump threatening North Korea with "fire and fury" earlier this week, the rogue state has launched a terrifying war of words with its Western rivals.

The biggest inhibitor to any attack right now is that the North Korean military may still lack certain technological capabilities, which experts believe would, for the time being, keep the country from following through on some of its more specific and extreme threats.

"I think the problem is nobody is clear what the red line is", Rice said. According to Crux, Cantu said that while threat of attack from Kim Jong-un can not be "underestimated or ignored", the "high certainty of catastrophic death and destruction from any military action must prompt the United States to work with others in the global community for a diplomatic and political solution based on dialogue".

Trump said North Korea had "better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble".

"He's learned the lesson of Saddam [Hussein] and Muammar [Gaddafi]", Ganyard said.

U.S. military chiefs hope the surveillance mission would help them prepare for a massive strike or for war.

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