Trump, North trade dire threats


President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the United States military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US.

Trump said he was considering additional sanctions on North Korea, adding that they would be "very strong".

He said now was the time to rally behind the United States commander-in-chief in order to protect proud citizens living in United States territories. The fact sheet noted that if North Korea delivers its promise to fire a quartet of ballistic missiles at Guam, emergency response personnel would provide information to "take shelter, go to a specific location, or evacuate a specific area" via radio, news or online sources.

The island has been the focus of North Korean threats in the past, as the home base for nuclear-equipped bombers that have the capacity to strike the reclusive nation.

The Guam scenario comes at an alarming time for the USA, as the Washington Post cited US intelligence officials Tuesday as saying that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, a conclusion not yet mentioned by South Korea's military. Amid the heated words, South Koreans are buying more ready-to-eat meals that could be used in an emergency and the government is going to expand nationwide civil defense drills planned for August 23.

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Guam is taking every precaution possible following the news that North Korea plans to attack the island. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate. "On Thursday, Trump reiterated complaints about the US trade imbalance with China and said he would feel "differentl" about the trade issue if China helped more on North Korea. USA bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula several times to show American strength after Pyongyang's missile tests.

It was not the first time Guam has been put on notice and similar threats made since 2013 led to the USA military permanently deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor system on the tiny island.

Days later, South Korea's military analyzed the missile could have targeted USA military bases in Guam, about 3,400 kilometers away from the North, had it been flown at a normal angle.

KCNA said on Wednesday a mass rally was held in Pyongyang to support the government.

"I'm pro military buildup", said resident Gus Aflague, 60, whose grandfather and brother both joined the U.S. Navy.

Trump said hours later, "Let her speak for Germany". "We are with you a thousand percent".