He said North Korea had been building hidden facilities and moving its missiles around.
Many soldiers are used as a labor force to compensate for the ineffective North Korean economy, so the army is not only about military organization.
The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which will start on August 21, would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe", according to a brief statement released by the North Korean state agency KCNA.
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Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major USA military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the US perspective. THAAD can shoot down the intermediate-range missiles that North Korea said it plans to fire over Japan and land near Guam.
The United States and Japan will increase their defence cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea, officials from the two allies said on Thursday. "We continue to be interested in finding ways to get to dialogue, but that's up to him".
"That is the message the president has wanted to send to the leadership of North Korea", Tillerson said, "to remind the regime of what the consequences for them would be if they chose to carry out those threats".
North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland has fuelled a surge in tensions in recent days. Though he suspended the deployment of a USA missile defense system opposed by China, he reversed that decision last month after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The protracted diplomatic crisis has unsettled residents of Guam, a US Pacific territory.
May I remind so-called diplomats what President Trump and his secretary of state have been doing.
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The threat of attack has prompted calls for peace from Guam's indigenous people, who are tired of yet another conflict. The liberal leader has been largely sidelined in recent weeks as Trump and the North engaged in a war of words.
The threat of attack has prompted calls for peace from Guam's indigenous people, who are tired of yet another conflict.
North Korea had threatened to fire a missile into the waters off Guam, a United States territory that holds two major U.S. military bases.
NK is being baited by Russian Federation and China to launch a missile at Guam or mainland America.
His comments Thursday at a nationally televised news conference appeared to be another effort to jumpstart a diplomatic solution to a confrontation sparked North Korea's warning that it might send missiles into waters near the USA territory of Guam, and President Donald Trump's belligerent Twitter threats to unleash "fire and fury" on the North.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said that any decision to take military action against North Korea should be made by South Korea alone.
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The liberal leader has been largely sidelined in recent weeks as Trump and the North engaged in a war of words.
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