"And we work very closely with allies to ensure that this is not unilateral either ... and of course there's a military solution", Mattis said yesterday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a stopover in Guam that "Americans should sleep well at night" without worry of a military confrontation and that Trump is merely talking in language that Kim "would understand". With Australia's Malcolm Turnbull pledging support to the U.S., the implications for the Asia-Pacific region are huge.
President Donald Trump warned North Korea's leader he would "regret it fast" if he made any threat towards Guam or any other United States territory in comments that will fuel rapidly rising tensions between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, deputy administrator for administration of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said the government was closely monitoring the potential missile strike.
The president spoke with Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo on Saturday to reassure him and residents here.
"China opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula".
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"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", he said.
The president vowed to maintain the world's strongest nuclear force, no matter the cost.
The root cause of the problem lies with North Korea.
"I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas", he said.
Trump also said that his critics only complained about his tough rhetoric on North Korea "because it's me".
China has repeatedly called for a resumption of long-dormant six-party talks to peacefully resolve the mounting tensions, but its position has been overshadowed by the emerging game of brinkmanship.
Trump has repeatedly called on China - the North's biggest ally and trading partner - to help reign in its neighbour, to little avail. It test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile twice in July, making it realistic that North Korea will deploy nuclear missiles that have the USA mainland within their range.
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Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement that the current situation on the Korean Peninsula "is complex and sensitive".
If it is designated as such, missile interception and protection of US military vessels will be allowed.
"And we assure our civilian populists, we assure the people that preparations are being made for any eventuality and we will inform communities that may be affected", Purisima added.
Mr Trump said the United States could impose further sanctions, "as strong as they get", on North Korea. "They create crisis and switch it for maximum gain, and they try negotiations".
Moscow said the exchange of threats between Washington and Pyongyang "worry us very much".
"We're too close for comfort", says Francesca Ballendorf, a longtime Guamanian.
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