BREAKING: In the end North Korea balks, pauses planned attack on Guam

By Editor on 15/08/2017

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North Korea, has put on ice the planned attack on Guam, an enclave in the Pacific, which houses a United States military base, and for which both countries have been at each other’s throat in the past few days.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced a review of plans to fire missiles towards the territory would be shelved for now, but was definite that it would still hold off, the BBC reports, quoting state media.

Although prepared for "the enveloping fire at Guam", the North said it would watch what "the foolish Yankees" do before taking a decision.

Last week's threat against Guam escalated the sharp rhetoric being exchanged between the two sides.

This latest report points to a pause in the increasingly bitter war of words.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in meanwhile has urged the US not to launch an attack on the Korean peninsula without its consent, saying "no one may decide to take military action without the consent" of the South.

The report on state news agency KCNA said Kim Jong-un "examined the plan for a long time" and discussed it with senior military officials.

 

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber sits on the runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam July 18, 2017

Guam is home to the US Air Force's Andersen air base

The commander of North Korea's strategic force was now merely waiting for orders "after rounding off the preparations for the enveloping fire at Guam".

But, crucially, the report also said that Mr Kim would watch the US before making any decision, signalling an apparent deceleration in the provocative rhetoric.

Correspondents say that after days of menacing threats it might seem that Kim Jong-un could be in the mood to finally hit the pause button - but in a nation as secretive as North Korea, one can never be sure.

Analysts say it could simply mean Pyongyang is not fully ready to launch an attack on Guam, so it could just be buying more time.

South Korea and China - North Korea's closest ally - have been urging calm and a renewed push for diplomatic resolutions.

On Tuesday South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the US should not act unilaterally. The two countries' defence agreement states that they must "consult together" when either is threatened.

 

 

 

Source BBC

Posted on August, 15 2017

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