North Korea says it's examining plans to attack Guam

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That brings us to the current standoff.

France is a member of the Security Council, which approved fresh sanctions on North Korea this month for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile testing.

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", he continued. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.

It goes without saying that the next days and weeks are utterly critical, as any "incident", no matter how minor, could lead to a nuclear conflict beyond just the Korean peninsula, possibly involving other nuclear-armed powers including Russian Federation and China.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

Trump said Friday that he planned to call Chinese President Xi Jinping that evening.

As the crisis with North Korea escalates, the US President warned earlier this week there would be "fire and fury" like the world has never known if the regime continued to threaten America.

"These are thoughtful men, experienced, and that should be a source of some comfort as we look at how the USA administration is handling this crisis", said Gore. "This is tragicomedy of its own making".

Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

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The U.S. State Department did not comment on the AP report.

The interactions could point to a level of pragmatism in the Trump administration's approach to the North Korean threat, despite the president's dire warnings.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.

China Central Television on Saturday cited Xi as saying that Beijing and Washington are both interested in the denuclearization of the peninsula.

Trump is determined to make China an enemy, rather than getting them to commit to talk down North Korea's ambitions, whatever they may be. In April the White House took the rare step of inviting all 100 senators to the White House for a classified briefing on North Korea. North Korea has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

Pyongyang reacted by claiming it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam - an island territory in Micronesia and the site of a U.S. military base.

"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday responded to new United Nations sanctions against the country, saying: 'There is no bigger mistake than the U.S. believing that its land is safe across the ocean, '" the host went on. Trump's comments, however, do not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remains open.

"Look North Korea, stop trying to make "us" a thing".

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