Trump ratchets up rhetoric towards North Korea

"North Korea has always threatened other countries".

"If anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough", Trump said from Bedminster, N.J., where he has been on a 17-day trip at his Trump National Golf Course.

"The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said in a statement Wednesday, using an acronym for North Korea.

North Korea outlined a potential plan to fire four ballistic missiles toward Guam, which would hit the waters around the USA territory.

"The standing committee of the NSC noted the security condition surrounding the Korean Peninsula was becoming serious due to North Korea's repeated provocations and threats", Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, told reporters.

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The Korean People's Army Strategic Force will present the final plan for the launch to Kim by mid-August and "wait for his order", the report said. He said the American people should be "very comfortable" despite North Korea's threats.

"We would now be careful with a whiff of risk aversion in the air and, by extension, also stay away from shorts in the rates market", RBC's global macro strategist Peter Schaffrik said. He said if McConnell is unable to get a host of GOP priorities done, like healthcare and tax reform, "Then you can ask me that question". The communist regime's military said it will be ready by mid-month to launch four missiles simultaneously. He said the U.S.

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"They've noticed that we've never sought conflict with an adversary who can hit our territory (and they) hope that this (threat) will force a more diplomatic line".

It said the plan could be sent to Mr Kim for approval within a week.

Dubbed the "tip of the spear", Guam is a key part of the United States presence in the Pacific and is home to thousands of American service members and their families.

Andersen Air Force Base houses a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the United States mainland, including the B-2 stealth bomber, B-1 and B-52. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on US military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

North Korea has said it may attack the US Pacific territory of Guam in retaliation.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

Also, the U.S. routinely uses Aegis-equipped warships around the island chain of the Marianas, of which Guam is the largest.

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