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North Korea backs off its threat to attack Guam, will instead…

North Korea backs off its threat to attack Guam, will instead watch more “foolish” US behavior

  • Kim Jong Un has decided not to order a missile strike on the United States territory of Guam, North Korean state media has reported.
  • Instead of attacking the U.S., Kim will “watch a little more [of] the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” according to state media.
  • The announcement comes after days of heated rhetoric between Kim and President Donald Trump, who last week promised “fire and fury” if North Korea threatened the U.S. Read more (8/15/17 10 AM)

Handsome Her, a cafe in Melbourne, Australia, is making men ay…

Handsome Her, a cafe in Melbourne, Australia, is making men ay extra. They’re charging male customers an 18% surcharge to protest the gender wage gap.

Guam issues fact sheets preparing residents in case of nuclear…

Guam issues fact sheets preparing residents in case of nuclear attack

  • Three days into back and fort between Trump and North Korea, experts seem to be mostly sure nuclear warfare won’t come to fruition.
  • Then again, there’s always a chance.
  • To prepare for a worst-case scenario, the Homeland Security Department for Guam has issued fact sheets instructing residents on how to prepare for a nuclear strike.
  • The two-page flier includes such ominous warnings as “Do not look at the flash or fireball — it can blind you.”
  • If North Korea were to launch a missile at Guam, it would take just 14 minutes to make landfall, giving civilians little time to seek shelter from the blast. Read more (8/11/17 2:45 PM)

What the people of Guam are thinking as tensions with…

What the people of Guam are thinking as tensions with North Korea escalate

  • Mic spoke to six people from Guam about how they felt about the very specific threats against their island and if they actually felt frightened at the potential of nuclear war with North Korea.
  • “I am confident in the security that our military forces on Guam have planned in any event,” Sen. Louise Borja Muna, one of Guam’s senators, said via email. 
  • “Our people have been here for 4,000 years. We are vigilant, but we don’t surrender to fear,” Sen. Benjamin Cruz shared via email.
  • “I’m not scared of the nukes, I’m annoyed at the media and local government. CNN is using graphics that exclude locals, claiming only a couple thousand civilians are at risk,” Nick, who asked to only be identified by his first name out of fear of retribution. Read more (8/11/17)

Trump warns North Korea that the US military is “locked and…

Trump warns North Korea that the US military is “locked and loaded” in new tweet

  • In yet another attempt to ratchet up his increasingly tough talk against North Korea,Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to warn North Korea
  • Trump tweeted “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.”
  • In the same tweet, Trump emphatically encouraged Kim to “find another path.” Read more (8/11/17 9 AM)

A group of migrants arrived on a crowded beach in Spain on…

A group of migrants arrived on a crowded beach in Spain on Wednesday. Experts say good weather could be leading to an increase in migrant travel to Spain, but it’s unclear where this group came from.

Here’s why North Korea has made Guam ground zero for its threats…

Here’s why North Korea has made Guam ground zero for its threats against the US

  • North Korean state media is reporting that the Kim Jong Un regime’s plan to attack Guam could be ready in days, according to CNN.
  • The small island has long been an important outpost for the U.S. military — and a target of North Korean threats.
  • The U.S. captured Guam from Spain in 1898 in the Spanish-American War. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1941 during World War II, but was reclaimed in 1944’s Battle of Guam by the U.S.
  • The U.S. made the 212-square-mile island an unincorporated territory in 1950 — granting American citizenship to its residents, but limited participation and influence in the U.S. government.
  • Along with tourism, the U.S. military plays a major role in Guam’s economy. The island is home to Anderson Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, and is strategically important to U.S. military dealings with North Korea, just over 2,000 miles away.
  • The island — home to about 162,000 people — hosts 7,000 military personnel and four fast-attack submarines, according to the AP
  • As a U.S. outpost relatively close to the Korean peninsula, it has been on the front lines of the simmering tensions.
  • North Korea has threatened Guam on several occasions, including in 2013, when it suggested it would strike military bases on the island in retaliation against U.S. training exercises over South Korea, which the North considered a provocation. Read more (8/10/17)

micdotcom: Donald Trump issued the strongest threat yet against…

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Donald Trump issued the strongest threat yet against North Korea. They called his bluff.

  • A day after Trump’s “fire and fury” comment, we know the consequence of heated rhetoric toward North Korea — a planned missile strike.
  • North Korea called Trump’s bluff on Wednesday and said it will launch missiles into the ocean near Guam, an American territory in the south Pacific that houses thousands of U.S. military personnel. 
  • More than 160,000 people live on the island that is south of Japan and east of the Philippines.
  • North Korea says it will fire four missiles into the ocean near Guam by mid-August. The missiles would fly over Japan — a major provocation on its own — and demonstrate North Korea’s ability to land nuclear missiles in South Korea, Japan or U.S. territories. Read more (8/10/17)

Update: Trump doubles down on tough rhetoric against North Korea

  • Trump ratcheted up his tough talk against North Korea on Thursday, telling reporters that his “fire and fury” comments on Tuesday were maybe “not tough enough.”
  • When the press, gathered at the president’s Bedminster, N.J., golf resort asked Trump to clarify the threats he made against North Korea, Trump said he could have gone even further.
  • “I think that’s the first time [North Korea] heard it like they heard it,” he said. “And frankly, the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough, maybe it wasn’t tough enough.” Read more (8/10/17 4 PM)

Donald Trump issued the strongest threat yet against North…

Donald Trump issued the strongest threat yet against North Korea. They called his bluff.

  • A day after Trump’s “fire and fury” comment, we know the consequence of heated rhetoric toward North Korea — a planned missile strike.
  • North Korea called Trump’s bluff on Wednesday and said it will launch missiles into the ocean near Guam, an American territory in the south Pacific that houses thousands of U.S. military personnel. 
  • More than 160,000 people live on the island that is south of Japan and east of the Philippines.
  • North Korea says it will fire four missiles into the ocean near Guam by mid-August. The missiles would fly over Japan — a major provocation on its own — and demonstrate North Korea’s ability to land nuclear missiles in South Korea, Japan or U.S. territories. Read more (8/10/17)

US-North Korea tensions are nothing new. Trump’s “dangerous”…

US-North Korea tensions are nothing new. Trump’s “dangerous” rhetoric is.

  • Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are nothing new — several generations of American leaders have done a delicate dance in navigating the complicated relationship. 
  • But Trump, unpredictable and lacking in experience, is a new factor — and it’s not yet clear just what impact his rhetoric will have as the two countries engage in another round of nuclear chicken.  
  • While Politico notes that the Trump administration’s policy in North Korea hasn’t diverged much from that of Obama’s, some worry that the president’s tough talk may cause tensions in the region to escalate. Read more (8/9/17)