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Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

China urges US, North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats

China urges US, North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats

Responding to the global calls for calm, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has made a decision to halt a plan to launch four missiles towards Guam, a USA territory in the Western Pacific ocean and warned that his country will "stay fire-ready" while keeping close watch on Washington's actions.

He added: "You don't shoot at people in this world". The answer's no on that one.

The same report by the said state media mentioned that Kim advised the U.S. 'to take into full account gains and losses with a clear head whether the prevailing situation is more unfavorable for any party'. "We hope to see them improve mutual trust, and move toward the goal of preserving peace and stability on the peninsula as well as realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula".

Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map reading "Strategic Force's Firing Strike Plan", which showed a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, then flying over Japan and ending near Guam, as Pyongyang announced last week.

Brendan Thomas-Noone, a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, said it was highly unlikely the North Koreans would fire a missile towards Guam with a nuclear warhead.

Washington is increasingly stressing a diplomatic approach to de-escalate of tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang backing down from its threats to strike the Guam vicinity with ballistic missiles.

Mr Kim said he was reviewing plans to fire missiles at Guam waters although he called for the United States to ease tension and prevent a military clash. To provide some perspective: North Korea is now believed to have as many as 60 nuclear warheads compared to more than 1,400 USA strategic nuclear warheads actively deployed on ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and long-range bombers.

"The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive". Federal intelligence officials made a confidential assessment in the report by the Washington Post. On the other hand, it has indicated that it would be willing to engage in joint military talks and diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, and it even invited Kim's government to participate in a joint Independence Day celebration.

When asked to explain how that is not drawing a red line, Pompeo said, In fact, this administration has done a fine job of not drawing red lines that we're not prepared to enforce. "This is tragicomedy of its own making", North Korea said in a statement distributed through state-run media.

It may still want to try its missiles out at an angle closer to the "battle trajectory" they would fly in a real attack, rather than the "lofted" trajectories they've been using to avoid flying over neighboring countries.

Guam and the USA air and naval forces that are based there have been under alert since it was named by North Korea as a potential demonstration target, with the regime threatening to fire missiles into the sea near the island that's home to some 160,000 people.

"We know swiftly after it's launched where it's going to land", he said.

Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis released a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday stressing a "peaceful pressure campaign".

The United States has been hoping China can press the North to rein in its weapons programs, something the top USA general reiterated in talks in Beijing this week. The piece said that "diplomacy is our preferred means of changing North Korea's course of action", though it is backed by military options and further demonstrated that both U.S. State and Defense departments were on the same page on the issue.

The claim comes as rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang surges.

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