US President Donald Trump has told Guam Governor Eddie Calvo over the phone that "You are safe".
Trump, who has pressed China to help rein in its ally North Korea, said he would speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday night.
North Korea's military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news agency KCNA said early Wednesday, August 9, 2017 local time. "The legislative branch of the USA government is hearing about these developments on Twitter at the same time as Kim Jong Un", Ben Marter, a spokesman for the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL, told CNN.
North Korea says it is in the final stages of preparing a plan to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan and into waters off the tiny island of Guam, where about 7,000 US troops are based and 160,000 USA civilians live.
The tension in the region rose when North Korea staged two nuclear bomb tests previous year and increased further when it launched two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July in defiance of world powers.
In remarks to reporters, Trump issued the threat directly at Kim, who is also known for his bellicose rhetoric, and all but drew a red line that would trigger swift USA action.
The words followed an early morning tweet in which Trump declared the USA military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely". It shouldn't be Democrats or Republicans.
Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm.
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The opposition legislators sought to enter the building but they were not allowed, sharpening tensions between the rival bodies. Foreign ministers from 17 Western Hemisphere nations, however, refused to recognise the new "all-powerful body", AP reported.
The president warned that if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before - what will happen in North Korea".
"Don't worry about a thing", President Trump responded.
North Korea parades ballistic missiles across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 15.
He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".
The Pentagon said the United States and South Korea would proceed as planned with a joint military exercise in 10 days, an action sure to further antagonise North Korea. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. "I wanted to call you and say hello, how are you?" The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.06 percent while the S&P 500 gained 0.12 percent and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.64 percent.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution to the dispute, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer".
"Hopefully it will all work out", he said.
"Mr. president, as the governor of Guam, representing the people of Guam, and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or so confident, with you at the helm", he said. We are with you 1,000 per cent. On Friday, he veered from North Korea to comments on politics. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.
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