Trump to Guam's Governor: 'Don't Worry About a Thing'

Trump to Guam's Governor: 'Don't Worry About a Thing'

The plan envisioned a simultaneous end to North Korea's missile tests and a suspension of US-South Korean military drills.

President Donald Trump late Friday assured Guam's governor that "we are with you a thousand percent" in light of North Korea's plan to fire four ballistic missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory later this month.

"He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely risky reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of [North Korea], the latter will make an important decision as it already declared", the report said.

Defence secretary James Mattis said the USA military would know the trajectory of a missile fired from North Korea within moments and would "take it out" if it looked like it was going to hit the small Pacific island.

"You don't shoot at people in this world unless you want to bear the consequences", Mattis said during the unannounced visit to the Pentagon's press room.

To resolve the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile development, it is essential to deal with the situation calmly and persistently through a combination of applying pressure such as economic sanctions and holding dialogue, not only emphasizing military options.

President Trump over the past week has intensified his rhetoric against North Korea.

Lavrov said Russian Federation doesn't accept the North's nuclear weapons bid and pointed at a proposal by China and Russian Federation under which Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile tests while the USA and South Korea would halt their military drills.

North Koreans have lived for decades with the state media message that war is imminent, the U.S.is to blame and their country is ready to defend itself.

Japan has started deploying land-based Patriot interceptors after North Korea threatened to send ballistic missiles flying over western Japan and landing near Guam.

Dunford is visiting South Korea, Japan and China after a week in which Trump declared the US military "locked and loaded" and said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States. Trump, responding to a report that US intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. Gov. Eddie Calvo said the USA territory does not face a heightened threat and is "safe and sound".

Kim's rhetoric on Monday came shortly after Secretary of Defense James Mattis harshly warned North Korea of considering any sort of aggression against the U.S.

The briefing took place in a war room where other maps of operational zones in South Korea and Japan were hanging on a wall right behind the North's leader.

The Chinese leader told his U.S. counterpart that the crisis needs a peaceful resolution and it is in the joint interests of China and the United States to maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"The strategic environment is becoming harsher and we need to discuss how we will respond to that", a Japanese foreign ministry official said in a briefing in Tokyo.

Lobbing missiles toward Guam would be a deeply provocative act.

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