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North Korea Aside, Guam Faces Another Threat: Climate Change

North Korea Aside, Guam Faces Another Threat: Climate Change

President Donald Trump continued his aggressive statements to North Korea, warning them not to threaten or act against America or any of its allies. North Korean state media reports suggest Kim Jong Un could potentially sign off on the plan at about that same time. A senior general within North Korea's leadership specified last week that four missiles would be fired into seas just short of the island - home to 163,000 American citizens and two U.S. military bases - upon Kim's approval, as a message to Washington of its willingness to engage.

During the telephonic conversation, Trump and Jinping applauded the recent United Nations Security Council resolution targeting North Korea.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

The concern over China's reaction is important.

A US Air Force B-1B bomber prepared to take off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in August.

Gheewhan Kim, the consulate general for South Korea in NY, said his people are used to the North's "empty and outrageous" nuclear threats. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said via Twitter on Tuesday. Nor is this Guam's first nuclear-diplomacy rodeo: Threatening to attack the island (or in this case, threatening to threaten it) is a well-worn step in the dance of bluster and propaganda the US and North Korea have been doing for decades.

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. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged.

Meanwhile, China has reiterated calls for all sides to maintain calm and reduce tensions over the Korean Peninsula.

The hope is that Kim returns to the six-party talks-comprising North and South Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the US -on denuclearization, which ran from 2003 to 2009 before his father Kim Jong Il walked away. According to CNN, South Korea's military has detected no preparations for a missile launch from the north, and experts suspect the real goal of the threat is geopolitical theatre.

Beijing should "make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten USA soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral", the nationalistic Global Times said in an editorial. "He later retweeted a message from US Pacific Command saying it was ready to "#FightTonight" on the Korean Peninsula, if need be.

But he added: "Hopefully, it will all work out".

Despite the bravado, the Trump administration has been quietly engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to The Associated Press.

"The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack", it said.

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

Calvo then spoke well about the place he governs, calling it "paradise" and told the president not to worry about the island's tourism industry.

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