He added: "If they shoot at the United States, I'm assuming they hit the United States".
Officials have told United States media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating a intermediate-ballistic missile launch may be being prepared.
The defense chief said the Pentagon is able to tell "within moments" where North Korea's missiles are headed, and said the United States would try to shoot down anything that threatened America.
However, the USA military sources told CNN that the movement is "not believed to be directly related to the threat issued by North Korea last week to strike the waters near Guam".
On Tuesday morning, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a statement noting that, after consideration, Kim Jong-un, the country's supreme leader, had decided not to proceed with an order to carry out a launch of four intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) with the intention of striking the waters near the USA territory of Guam.
Tuesday marks the anniversary of Japan's expulsion from the Korean peninsula, a rare holiday celebrated by both the North and the South. Moon and Kim, who has not been seen publicly for several days, are both expected to make addresses on their respective sides of the heavily militarised border.
This might be hard as the United States and its ally South Korea plan next week to start annual defensive military drills that the North claims are preparation for invasion.
Second, given the way last week's statement framed the test - as an operational plan that would require Kim's decision - the decision to deescalate does not necessarily read as capitulation to US threats.
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. But Washington is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation, Dunford said. On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even noted that it could provoke the United States to retaliate militarily.
The plans are based on the Hwasong-12, a new missile the country successfully flight-tested for the first time in May.
In photos released with the KCNA report, Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map showing a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, flying over Japan towards Guam.
North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and missile programmes to ward off perceived USA hostility, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and sanctions. If the "planned fire of power demonstration" is carried out because of US recklessness, Kim said it will be "the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks", the North reported. Washington said China's recent support for U.N. Security Council actions against North Korea is "trending in the right direction".
South Korean President Moon Jae-In weighed in on Tuesday, saying Seoul would avoid a second Korean War at all costs and stressing that "no one may decide to take military action without the consent of the Republic of Korea".
The meteorological department forecast that central and western plains were likely to receive heavy rainfall from this evening. The natural calamity that has affected the land and electricity in the rural areas of Nepal and killed around 56 peoples.
Chris Stratton (1-2) led San Francisco to the win in the opener, striking out a career-high 10 in 6 2/3 shutout innings. The Giants are just 2-8 in the left-hander's starts this year, including 0-5 on the road.
The loan cash is expected to last for three months, the government said, after which the airline's future is uncertain. Travellers in Germany will suffer higher prices as a result of the "Lufthansa monopoly", Ryanair said in a statement.
More than 300 people attended a peace vigil at Turner Park Sunday in response to the weekend chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia. A candlelight vigil was held at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, Sunday evening, to stand against racism.
An increased threat of rip currents and high surf will be possible Tuesday, but the rain and wind fields will stay well off shore. Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on this, and everything in the tropics this hurricane season.
Many Somalilanders were hoping for an Odinga Presidency, due Odinga's stance on Somaliland recognition. Police, who were deployed in anticipation of the results, have fired tear gas in several locations.
Summary: "If Yogi Adityanath cannot take care of a medical college in Gorakhpur , how can he run the entire state?" he asked. A hospital in India has been accused of failing to provide enough oxygen after 60 children died on its wards in five days.