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August 9, 2017

8-9-2017 North Korea threatens the US territory of Guam Nuggets…..(Vox)

It’s been about 24 hours since President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on the North Korean regime in response to its aggressive rhetoric on nuclear weapons. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]

  • So far, there has been no fire and no fury — just Secretary of State Rex Tillerson trying to defuse the situation, telling Americans that we are not about to go to war in North Korea and everyone should sleep soundly. [BBC / Anthony Zurcher]
  • But people in the tiny US territory of Guam (located in the Pacific, about 2,200 miles away from North Korea) probably aren’t sleeping very soundly, because North Korea just threatened to bomb them. [Vox / Alex Ward]
  • Guam is home to about 160,000 people and two US military bases. It’s so far unclear how serious North Korea is about its threat or whether it can even successfully launch a missile at Guam, and the island is equipped with missile defense systems for such an attack. [Vox / Alex Ward]
  • Tillerson, who concluded a diplomatic trip to Asia and flew back to the US yesterday, told reporters Trump was simply sending a strong message to North Korea and speaking in forcefullanguage that Kim Jong Un will understand.” [USA Today / Doug Stanglin]
  • As this drama unfolds in the South Pacific, it’s looking increasingly like Trump’s panic-inducing comments yesterday were ad-libbed, with his aides in the dark about what he was going to say until he said it. [NYT / Jonathan Martin and Glenn Thrush]

 

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