Atkins: Donald Trump ups the ante in North Korea war of words


Though earlier this week Trump touted a U.N. Security Council vote to boost sanctions against North Korea, an effort spearheaded by Haley, yesterday he expressed doubt that diplomacy would be effective. Beijing has been remarkably quiet as US President Donald Trump and North Korea's premier Kim Jong-un have exchanged apocalyptic threats. "Was this statement coordinated with South Korea and Japan, our allies who are at enormous risk in conventional conflict with North Korea?".

Mr Calvo has spent most of the week assuring Guam's 160,000 residents of their safety despite the threats. The call happened as some Guamanians anxious aloud that the president's harsh words are exposing their island home to unnecessary danger.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine said it would be an "an extremely provocative act" to fire missiles towards Guam, a U.S. site which hosts a major military base. No, that's not a dare, as you say.

Koji Tsuruoka, the Japanese ambassador to the United Kingdom, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If there is any provocation, it all comes from North Korea".

Speaking to the Press Association in Bristol, Mr Corbyn said: "We can not play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats because do you know what - a nuclear explosion doesn't stop at national borders, it doesn't stop at the vicinity where the bomb drops". She says she'd like see the president's tough talk dial down. "North Korea just wants to show off its military power", Tong said in an interview with Sputnik.

"Guam is located in a key position in the Pacific for the USA military". Is being the tip of the spear really worth it? "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before - what will happen in North Korea".

Guamanians are American citizens by birth but not allowed to vote in the American presidential election.

However, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later appeared to step back from the dire rhetoric of his boss. And yet it's often exposed to threats coming at America.

He said the North Koreans "have been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries".

"We have multiple aircraft here that are part of the continuous bomber pretense".

Female guards are seen standing on platforms waiting for incoming trains which are made up of old carriages from Germany, bought up by North Korea in 1999 as they were heading for the scrap heap.