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'Fire And Fury' For North Korea

North Korea shouldn't be the only nation "very, very nervous" about its stand-off with the United States, as President Donald Trump suggested this week.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said Kim received a report from his army on plans to strike the area around Guam, but also said he would watch US actions before making any decisions on next steps.

The U.S. was positioned to defend an attack, but not to launch one at short notice without substantial consequences, the official added.

Xi "stressed that China and the USA share the same interests on the denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula", CGTN said. On Friday, the Pentagon confirmed to Vox that no such redeployment had taken place.

Japan and South Korea issued stark warnings to North Korea on Thursday after Pyongyang's announced it would have a plan to attack the USA territory of Guam in place by mid-August.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Despite North Korea's threats to prepare plans within days that would surround Guam with "enveloping fire", fears of a potential attack have not deterred tourists from visiting Guam, he said.

The island's sandy beaches and aquamarine waters also make it a popular getaway for travelers from Japan and South Korea.

The U.S. Seventh Fleet now has six Aegis ballistic missile defence ships in the region capable of targeting North Korean missiles, and Japan has a further four.

Aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan, left the region in June, after April deployment.

Trump echoed that threat Thursday, insisting if North Korea took any steps to attack Guam, its leaders would have reason to be nervous.

Kim said that the United States must "make a proper option first and show it through action, as it committed provocations after introducing huge nuclear strategic equipment into the vicinity of the peninsula" and that it "should stop at once arrogant provocations" against North Korea, state media said.

"If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly", he said.

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China has viewed the rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang with some alarm, and has repeatedly urged dialogue to lower tensions.

Mattis was reluctant to speak in detail about how the Trump administration will handle future North Korean missile launches.

Following the American head of state's inflammatory remarks, Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the American Pacific territory of Guam with its array of advanced ballistic missiles. "Our government must not drag our country into any military action over the Korea crisis, including joint exercises". -South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to go ahead as scheduled and will start on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman.

The United States and South Korea remain technically at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. "No missile is going to land on Guam", said Carl Peterson, who serves on the Guam Chamber of Commerce's armed forces committee.

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"You're going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money", he told Governor Eddie Calvo in a telephone conversation Calvo posted Sunday on Facebook.

Efforts to reach the White House on Saturday for comment were not immediately successful.

Liberal President Moon Jae-in, elected in May, had vowed to conduct an environmental review of the deployment, which he had questioned while on the campaign trail.

South Korean Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk highlighted doubts about North Korea's claims about its military capability.

Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense released a two-page fact sheet on social media and their website.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army at the Great.

A spokesman for SDF said the missiles were being deployed not to intercept missiles, but rather "just in case".



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