Korea to cease actions leading to end of its regime

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Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea on Wednesday that when combined the USA and its allies have "the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth".

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro said that the missile that North Korea was threatening to hit Guam with was tested in May and South Korea's intelligence analysts concluded it was capable of flying up to 5,000 kilometres, "which does make Guam well within striking range". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last month for the first time, and US intelligence agencies assess that Pyongyang is capable of producing a compact nuclear warhead and putting it atop a long-range missile.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", he said in the statement.

Mr Mattis issued a statement as he travelled to the West Coast.

Bill Nelson, Florida's senior U.S. Senator, says he's deeply concerned about North Korea's ability to arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.

Meanwhile, France is urging all sides "to act responsibly and to de-escalate" tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal". "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

President Trump on Wednesday declared the United States nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before" even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn't "any imminent threat".

Guam hosts strategic USA military installations - including both a naval and an air force base - and is more than 3,400km from North Korea. On Saturday, for example, members of the U.N. Security Council approved new economic sanctions on the regime.

Trump's remarks came amid reports that North Korea was nearing to obtain an atomic weapon that can strike the US.

So far, Florida's highest ranking Democrat isn't criticizing President Donald Trump's response. Japan hosts around 54,000 U.S. military personnel, the U.S. Department of Defense says, and tens of thousands of Americans work in both countries.

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