The Japan Times reports that Patriot missiles are being placed along the west coast of the country to make good on Japan's promise to intercept any missiles North Korea fires at Guam.
Trump tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
North Korea's Hwasong-12, the missile it said it would use, has only been successfully tested once. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for "decapitation strikes" to kill Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants.
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The possibility of a nuclear confrontation is considered remote but worldwide alarm has been escalating in recent days.
Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Russian Federation is strongly anxious about escalating rhetoric coming from Pyongyang and Washington.
"When you get close to the point of a fight, the one who is stronger and wiser should be the first to step back from the brink", Lavrov said Friday. She said, "I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for".
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The possibility of escalation is made even more acute by the lack of any means of official communication across the Demilitarized Zone, though there has been no easing of the barrage of inflammatory comments in the US and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week. She added: "I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer". Trump said. He did not specify what they might be.
A Democratic congressman is urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to reconvene the House from its summer recess to consider legislation prohibiting a pre-emptive nuclear strike against North Korea. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation.
Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital Pyongyang remains calm.
North Koreans have lived for decades with the state media message that war is imminent, the U.S.is to blame and their country is ready to defend itself. State-run media ensures that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but doesn't convey any sense of global concern about the situation. The American military presence on Guam consists of two bases Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south which are home to 7,000 US troops.
According to an AP report, the North's Foreign Ministry in August of 2016 warned that all US military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military. Any order by the president could be executed quickly.
That puts its total population of 170,000 in range of the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles that Kim Jong Un's regime has threatened to fire as a counter-punch to President Donald Trump's warning that the USA would respond with "fire and fury" to provocative actions by North Korea. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.
Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air.