'North Korea will truly regret any threat to US'

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China is one of North Korea's only allies, and Trump has repeatedly criticized Beijing for not exercising more pressure on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear weapons programme, which appears to have accelerated in recent months.

Another worrying matter is that U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang, saying: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was "very alarmed" at Mr Trump's tough talk, and said Washington should take the first step towards cooling tensions.

"Is the USA going to go to war?" the reporter asked Mr. Trump, after the president floated the possibility of a "bad solution" in North Korea.

Please Wait while comments are loading. "This man will not get away with what he's doing". Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the US, such as military drills, that it sees as increasing tensions. "We will coordinate with the DND (Department of Defense), AFP, and relevant government agencies and meet necessary assessments in order to prepare appropriate contingency plans, alerts, and warnings for the awareness and protection of our civilian populists", he said.

The White House said in a statement that the two leaders "agreed North Korea must stop provocative and escalatory behaviour" and that they are both committed to the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

Japan's missile defense scheme employs Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyers to shoot down airborne missiles, and the Air Self-Defense Force's PAC-3 system to counter missiles that evade Aegis interceptors.

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US President Donald Trump ramped up his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after a week of tensions that has roiled global markets. Pyongyang's state media also said North Korea may strike Guam by the end of the August.

Pyongyang then threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the Western Pacific with ballistic missiles.

The NATO source added that "Article 6 of the Washington Treaty defines the geographical scope of Article 5 primarily as "territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America" or 'islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic Area north of the Tropic of Cancer".

The new punishment could cost North Korea $1 billion a year, and even China voted for the US-drafted proposal.

"Guam is located in a key position in the Pacific for the US military".

"And we assure our civilian populists, we assure the people that preparations are being made for any eventuality and we will inform communities that may be affected", Purisima added.

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