Action again North Korea's ballistic missiles a hard call for US

North Korea parades ballistic missiles across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 15

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Pyongyang and Washington to sign up to a previously unveiled joint Russian-Chinese plan under which North Korea would freeze missile tests and the United States and South Korea would impose a moratorium on large-scale military exercises.

During a lengthy exchange with reporters, President Trump said that his threat to bring "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States may not have gone far enough.

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".

"We are prepared for any eventuality, more so than any other American community", he said. Guam is also home to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, which can knock out intermediate-range missiles as their approach the island.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air. -South Korea drills begin.

Baumgartner, a supervisor at a high-end clothing store, said she was confident US forces on the island's two bases were ready to intervene, and she bore no grudges about that military presence making Guam a North Korean target. But pushing the envelope, or just threatening to do so, is what North Korea does best.


Guam residents should take cover from a North Korean missile attack quickly, in a concrete structure, preferably underground - and stay there until told otherwise, a survival guide advises. The exclamation came after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

The possibility of escalation is made even more acute by the lack of any means of official communication across the Demilitarized Zone, though there has been no easing of the barrage of inflammatory comments in the US and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week.

Guam's governor on Thursday said the United States territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island.

After decades of living peacefully, Guam authorities are urging their citizens to be prepared for an "imminent" missile attack from North Korea after the rogue state threatened to unleash "enveloping fire" at the small island sitting 9,700km from the US mainland.

Guam has been a USA territory since 1898, when Spain ceded it in the wake of the Spanish-American War. "So I think it's important to be very strong". "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of USA forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer". Trump said. He did not specify what they might be.

Trump said hours later, "Let her speak for Germany".

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