"We're more anxious about the possibility of USA bravado leading to preemptive strikes than we are about the North Koreans launching a surprise attack beyond something like potshots at small targets and bank hacking attempts". After Trump hinted at the possibility of using nuclear weapons on August 9 and US Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a warning of his own, the Strategic Forces seem to be cranking up the intensity of their threat.
For analysts at SP Angel, Pyongyang's threat to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam - which might provoke a US reaction - dovetailed nicely with China's plans in the South China Seas and North Pacific. A statement by the spokesperson of the Strategic Forces the previous day went a step further by having the commander personally deliver a specific warning. As the North Korea and the United States continue their perilous standoff on the edge of the cliff, concerns are being voiced both domestically and overseas.
2002 - South and North Korea hold their seventh round of ministerial talks in Seoul.
Pyongyang revealed a detailed plan to launch missiles against the U.S. Pacific air base on Guam would be completed soon. China will only remain neutral if Kim Jong-un attacks the US first. If the USA and South Korea 'try to overthrow the North Korean regime... The family reunion project materialized decades later, in a 2000 summit meeting between President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who agreed to regularly hold the humanitarian event. There are also serious concerns about the possibility of an unplanned clash occurring around the South Korea-US Ulchi-Freedom Guardian joint military exercises in August.
The relationship between China and North Korea has become strained in the last several years.
"If the USA decides to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, it would eventually give other nations grounds to shun Washington from intervening in future East Asia policies", Kim Dong-yup, a professor at Kyungnam University's Far East Institute told the Korea Herald. If South Korea and the United States mobilize strategic assets to carry out a show of force against North Korea during the exercises, some think, North Korea could respond in kind.
"If war really breaks out, the U.S. can hardly reap any strategic harvest and North Korea will face unprecedented risks..." More fundamental solutions are also being proposed.
A man who previously lived in West Michigan, and is now living in South Korea, is sharing his feelings about the war of words between North Korean leaders and President Trump. "(The Moon administration) has to take the wheel", he said, adding that Seoul should do so to avoid being sidelined by other key players involved in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.