South Korean Military is Ready to Act Against Every North Korean Provocation

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The US and South Korea have a massive military exercise planned in late August, around when North Korea has threatened to fire missiles at Guam, the US territory in the Pacific with massive US Air Force and Navy bases.

Ri's full statement continues with a caveat, saying that North Korea won't halt its weapons programs, "unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the USA against the D.P.R.K. are fundamentally eliminated".

According to the state news agency KCNA, North Korea is planning to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land 30-40 kilometers (19-25 miles) from the US territory of Guam, located in the Pacific Ocean 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) southeast of the Korean Peninsula.

"After taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the B-1s assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flew to Japanese airspace, where they were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets", the US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said.

Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told a media briefing South Korea was prepared to act immediately against any North Korean provocation, although the military had not spotted any unusual action in the North indicating provocation.

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The liberal South Korean leader took office in May with expectations to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula through increased diplomacy. The North Korean news agency accused Seoul of lying that the restaurant employees had voluntarily chosen defection and settled well in the South. The ministers also urged North Korea to comply fully with UN Security Council resolutions.

Multiple news agencies are reporting that North Korea is threatening a missile strike on Guam.

Meanwhile, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed Thursday his country's close alliance with the United States and agreement with President Trump's "maximum pressure" policy against North Korea.

Lost in the media's frantic coverage about the peaking North Korea crisis, a small, but very important detail escaped much of the US's notice that could be a window to peace between two feuding nuclear powers.

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