Trump claims warning to North Korea 'wasn't tough enough'

North Korea Threatens Guam: Facts About the US Territory

North Korea Threatens Guam: Facts About the US Territory

If an attack warning is issued, Guam residents should take cover quickly - in a concrete structure, preferably underground - and stay there until instructed otherwise, according to a fact sheet titled "Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat". The rhetoric for both sides continues to strengthen, and there seems little sign of resolving this decades-old conflict any time soon, unless an effective combination of targeted primary and secondary sanctions, and engagement can be reached, in order to destabilize the North Korean regime.

The annual joint US-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.

Trump also told reporters that his previous day's threat of "fire and fury" may not have been "tough enough," even as he sought to reassure an anxious world that he has the situation under control.

The North then threatened to lob missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 2,000 miles from Pyongyang.

"If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so".

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"It is hard to imagine any real diplomacy kicking in", said Kim Ki-ho, professor of worldwide politics at South Korea's Kyonggi University. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.

Comments from Pyongyang came hours after Beijing told both North Korea and the USA to be "cautious" with their words and actions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's call for a dual freeze - a freeze in nuclear development with a freeze in US-South Korea military drills - highlights China's desire for peace on the peninsula, yet their claims that they are doing all they can to generate this peace are highly questionable.

The statement Friday does not mention any specific actions China would be willing to take, although some Chinese scholars and state media have called on Beijing to take on a shuttle diplomacy role to facilitate talks between the US and North Korea.

The U.S. has a robust military presence in the region, including six B-1 bombers in Guam and Air Force fighter jet units in South Korea, plus other assets across the Pacific Ocean and in the skies above. Washington's vast military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford left Washington on Thursday to visit Japan, China and South Korea.

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Along with a bigger set of maneuvers held every spring, the exercises are routinely met by strong condemnation and threats of countermeasures from North Korea.

"If the United States and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so", it said. "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before - what will happen in North Korea".

It says its ballistic missiles are a legitimate means of defense against perceived US hostility and accuses Washington and Seoul of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

Kim said the Guam strikes would be "an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the U.S.in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity".

First, we need to strengthen our defensive positions to protect our allies and ourselves against the launch of a North Korean missile.

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