Could There be a War in Korean Peninsula?

North Korea has threatened the U.S. that its military is considering an attack on Guam, a non-incorporated U.S. territory, with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles.

The state-run news agency KCNA said on Wednesday that the North Korean military is “examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam ” to strike Guam.

KCNA mentioned a potential attack on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam “to send a serious warning signal to the US.” Earlier, North Korea threatened that “a preemptive strike is no longer the monopoly of the US.”

This newly issued North Korean threat has scared many in the U.S., South Korea and all over the world. The world fears if the war of rhetoric gets into a real one, the world could witness the ferocity of a war that could petrify the generations to come.

The U.S. President’s Warning against North Korea

Yesterday, the U.S. President Donald Trump issued an unprecedented warning against North Korea after the U.S. intelligence analysts’ assessment that fears North Korea of having a miniaturized nuclear warhead. The US president warned North Korea to stop threatening U.S. or they could “face fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

President Trump said during a photo op at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen… he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”

His harsh remarks against the North Korean regime have been responded with the threat of a preemptive strike on Guam that petrified many citizens. After North Korea issued the warning, the governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo said that Guam and Marianas islands are not under threat but Guam is prepared to encounter any eventuality.

The governor said, “I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas.”

“My Homeland Security adviser, who is in communications with Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, notes there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events,” he added.

A Tensed World

The tension in the North Korean peninsula has drawn the attention of the international community. The UK Foreign Office spokesperson said on Wednesday, “We have been consistently clear and forthright in our condemnation of North Korea’s destabilizing and illegal behavior, including through support for UN Security Council resolutions to bring in sanctions that will limit North Korea’s ability to pursue its nuclear weapons programs.”

The spokesperson added that UK would “continue to work with the US and our international partners to maintain pressure on North Korea”.

A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that Germany was watching the situation “with the greatest concern.” Germany calls for calm in the Korean Peninsula, AFP reports.

President Trump Downplays

The U.S. President Trump tweeted in the morning boasting of modernized and renovated U.S. nuclear arsenals. President Trump tweeted just before the 8 a.m. from his New jersey golf resort, “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”

President Trump then played down the tone in a second tweet that writes, “Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

His tweets turned out to be a sign of de-escalation. But his fire and fury rhetoric so far has frightened the world enough already.

Rex Tillerson in Guam

As the tension between the U.S. and North Korea escalates, in the meantime the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has flown into Guam and downplayed any imminent threat from North Korea.

“I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US… will defend itself and its allies,” he said.

Tillerson, however, has defended President Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ comment. He said, “I think what the President was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language.”

“A preemptive strike is no longer the monopoly of the US.”

The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours.” Mr. Tillerson added that “Americans should sleep well at night.”

U.S. military specialists believe that the U.S. is not in a position to arrange an immediate attack against the North Korean regime. Moreover, a preemptive attack on the U.S. territory could be the last thing a sane brain in North Korean regime wants to prompt an all out war with the U.S.

In an interview with the CNN, Professor Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center said, “Launching a missile at Guam is not something he(Kim Jong-un, North Korean ruler) can get away with. Launching a test missile sends the same message domestically and internationally.”


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Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.
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