In my opinion, both of the approaches are basically wrong in that they promote the isolation of North Korea.
However, traditional American allies are stepping up to the plate as Japan and Australia have declared they will support America in any conflict, Japan going so far as warning it will shoot down North Korean missiles. "All over the world, they are talking about Guam".
Jeremy Corbyn has called on the U.S. president, Donald Trump, and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to "wind down the war of rhetoric". While I have great confidence in our military's capabilities in the Pacific...
The plan is clearly aimed at keeping in check the U.S. This is why containment of the Pyongyang nuclear threat remains by far the best US option.
In a call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Friday, Trump said the United States military is prepared to "ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam" in response to Pyongyang's plans to launch missiles towards the Pacific territory.
"I take exception to the president's words because you got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told a Phoenix radio station. "And we should be prepared too".
Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have been tense for months, in the wake of the North's repeated missile tests, including two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches in July that are believed to have brought much of the USA mainland within range.More news: Doblin: Trump put base before country in Charlottesville
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Japan's missile defense scheme employs Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyers to shoot down airborne missiles, and the ASDF's PAC-3 system to counter missiles that evade Aegis interceptors.
The root cause of the problem lies with North Korea.
Pyongyang doubled down on its threats to launch missiles at Guam on Thursday, announcing a potential plan on state media for the "simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 (rockets)". Somehow, my remark became popular in anti-Trump circles in the US, the retweeters taking it I guess to mean that the president isn't actually leading on this issue.
Conservative lawmakers in Seoul in recent days have even called for a "nuclear balance" on the peninsula, saying Seoul should ask Washington to redeploy US nuclear weapons if South Korea is unable to develop its own.
The relationship between America and North Korea has always been a turbulent one. In violation of that agreement as well as U.N. Security Council resolutions, North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests.
That of course depends, it seems, on who blinks first as the brinkmanship between Washington and Pyongyang continues. But despite the alleged madness of North Korea's leaders, it's worked.
As a nation, North Korea doesn't need nuclear weapons to protect its security, but the Kim family needs nuclear weapons for their own safety.
For now, officials are instead focused on changing the missile guidelines, which allow Seoul to have ballistic missiles with a flight range capped at 800 km (497 miles), topped with a maximum 500 kg (1,102 pounds) warhead. "And what I said is what I mean", Trump said, adding that his statements' significance was "pretty obvious" and his administration is looking "very carefully" at possible future actions against North Korea.