President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the USA military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean Peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.
"Trump is driving the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, making such outcries as 'the US will not rule out a war against the DPRK, '" KCNA said.
It's an existential question for this tiny territory now caught between President Trump and North Korea. "Such threats, of "fire and fury...the likes of which the world has never seen" by President Donald J. Trump, and "all-out war wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the United States mainland" by spokespersons of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, only serve to bring our countries, and the world, to the brink of war". Ballistic missiles such as those North Korea has fired go high into space, where satellites are operating.
China, Russia, and North Korea don't think so.
"North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course. "I think you'll see some very strong things taking place, if they don't get in compliance".
The tiny US territory of Guam came under the global spotlight after North Korea on Wednesday said it's studying whether to launch a missile test toward the island.
Mr Trump responded by vowing to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged and the North then threatened to lob missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 2,000 miles from Pyongyang. He also has shelved plans to investigate misappropriation of USA intellectual property by China after Beijing signed on to deeper United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
Last week, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to increase sanctions on North Korea, and Rice said those sanctions, paired with military exercises in the region, meant it was "almost inevitable" that Kim would make threats.
Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the US mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict.
The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. "It may very well be tougher than I said".
He spoke as North Korea accused him of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".
If Pyongyang's confrontational rhetoric is little more than brazen attention-seeking, its motives are at least partly economic.
Trump has made a vocal and purposeful shift in posture from his predecessors, blasting their inability to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States.
"We are going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars, we'll probably be able to report that over the next week", Sputnik quoted Trump as saying.
Speaking in California late on Thursday, the Pentagon chief said it was his job as defence secretary to be ready for conflict. "Please say hello to the people of Guam".
Speaking to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump made clear he will respond forcefully to any North Korean attack on the U.S. or its allies. There is currently no U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group or Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit off the Korean Peninsula right now.
"And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you", Mr Trump said, praising the island's beauty, to which Mr Calvo encouraged Mr Trump to visit.