"Situation is serious, don't agree it's a crisis" — Blue House

A man walks by a huge national flag printed on the wall in Seoul South Korea Wednesday Oct. 26 2016

A man walks by a huge national flag printed on the wall in Seoul South Korea Wednesday Oct. 26 2016

South Korean Marines conducted live-fire exercises on Yeonpyeong Island in the West Sea, which suffered heavy North Korean artillery fire in 2010.

Amid heated rhetoric between the USA and North Korea, the Unification Ministry has repeatedly urged Pyongyang to immediately stop raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (STAND UP) The Blue House official noted the criticism that President Moon has appeared distant from the situation. But according to a high-ranking Blue House official, on the condition of anonymity, it should not be assumed that prior to Friday there haven't been more calls between Chung and McMaster. "The North Korean nuclear and missile situation gets worse the more things are dragged out". "It may take some time to reach the stage of a final deal, but we expect to get through the main crisis quickly".

North Korea nerves rattle stocks, lift gold, yen
Top automaker Hyundai Motor was up 1.39 percent to 146,000 won, and top steelmaker POSCO advanced 0.59 percent to 339,500 won. Investors again sought safe-haven assets such as gold and the Swiss franc , helping gold hit a more two-month high.

Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said earlier on Thursday that the command of the Korean People's Army plans to finalize a plan of a preemptive strike at an area around Guam by mid-August.

At the border, North and South Korea are separated by a demilitarized zone, better known as the DMZ. Baik went on to say that North Korea's remarks about Guam "are not helpful for the advancement of inter-Korean relations". The Korean won fell against the USA dollar. The Ministry of National Defense has also been beefing up its alertness posture against North Korean threats to prepare for eventualities.

National Basketball Association to adopt new player-resting rules with consequences for violating teams
Specific regulations and punishments aren't yet clear, but Zillgitt said teams may be dissuaded from resting top players during nationally televised games.

Trump on August 10 did not rule out the possibility of a pre-emptive strike against the Kim Jong-Un regime, only saying, "We don't talk about that".

Where's the president's desk? Oval Office emptied
Workers were also seen touching up steps on the South Lawn - cranes overhead - as carpets were removed from the West Wing. A sign in the Palm Room of the White House in Washington alerted visitors as the West Wing is undergoing renovations.

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