EXPERTS: Trump’s Strength On N. Korea Prevented Guam “DOOMSDAY” Threats [VIDEO]
After mounting rhetoric from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatening a missile attack on the U.S. territory of Guam, North Korea is now backing down from those provocations that could have begun an international incident (which is speculated to be the reason that the Drudge Report is currently in all black and white).
Following new sanctions and the exchange of threats between President Trump and dictator Kim Jong, North Korea has backed down on their claims for a “most miserable and merciless punishment” if the threats from President Trump continue.
Mr. Trump had warned about North Korean nuclear proliferation close to two decades ago in an interview; unfortunately the volatile dictatorship was able to grow more dangerous under the Bush and Obama administrations.
President Trump’s mind and rhetoric on North Korea has not changed on North Korea since 1999, as he recently threatened them for their continued hostility declaring that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” and could engulf North Korea in “fire and fury” should they not cease their continued military threats.
Today, North Korea is backdown down on threats; Kim Jong Un has decided to back down after he visited a military base and discussed the potential attack on Guam with senior North Korean officers. Still however, Kim Jong Un has declared via North Korean state-owned media that an attack on Guam is not completly off the table if President Trump does not “stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer.”
Continuing, Kim Jung Un claims, “If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared.”
“We are happy that the rhetoric has calmed down, that he won’t be pursuing his threats to fire missiles at Guam,” said Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio. “The comments allay some of the concerns and the fears.”
The U.S. military on Guam would maintain a high level of readiness to respond to any threat, said Greg Kuntz, deputy public affairs officer for Joint Region Marianas.
Guam is home to two major U.S. military bases. The island is situated roughly 3,800 miles west of Hawaii and 2,100 miles south-southeast of Pyongyang.
“The administration is doing all the right things,” David Hemmings of the Henry Jackson Society told Fox News, “President Trump actually caught the regime off balance by using the same sort of rhetoric against them.” […]
One expert thought that China actually told North Korea to back off the Guam plan. Others see the country’s agreement to cut off key imports following the UN Security Council Resolution as important.
“China has never agreed to these kinds of sanctions,” Hemmings said.
Experts say this is only a pause in the tensions. State media quotes Kim as saying that a decision to launch the missiles could be made if the U.S. “persists with its reckless actions.”
“I think he will wait to see how the exercises go,” Elleman told Fox News, referring to U.S.-South Korea joint maneuvers set to begin next week.
Experts agreed, however, that the risk of miscalculation remains high with the amount of rhetoric that has been thrown around in the last week from both sides. As Kim builds up his arsenal of missiles and nukes, a serious strategic misstep could result from such an error.
“I hope cooler heads will prevail,” Wright said.