Trump warns U.S. 'locked and loaded' as North Korea readies missiles

Leader Mitch Mc Connell in Congress

Leader Mitch Mc Connell in Congress

The Blue House says the top security advisers of South Korea and the USA discussed the current security situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region, and shared their thoughts on future measures both countries could take to deter threats from North Korea.

Seoul foreign ministry spokesman Cho Joon-hyuk said Thursday North Korea's defiance would ultimately work against the regime, South Korean news service News 1 reported.

Authorities said the regional tensions had not dampened tourists' appetite for the island. "Some people [say], 'We just want our peace, our island groove that we've always have.' There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years".

And if North Korea's missiles prove no match for USA interceptors, Kim Jong Un might be chastened into thinking twice before conducting any more.

President Donald Trump tweeted that military solutions are "locked and loaded" as officials said Friday they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.

"All of this could lead to further militarization of South Korea", said Yang Uk, a senior research fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum.

The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is USA territory and major military hub.

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According to the U.S. Pacific Command, the drill will include 500 Marines and 18 aircraft operating out of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the island of Honshu. "And we should be prepared too".

He saw North Korea's statement as a warning to Washington that its missiles could reach targets in the region, rather than one of an actual attack.

In such a scenario, Japan has the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system, Onodera said during a session of the National Diet. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date. "The focus will primarily remain upon bolstering defensive rather than offensive capabilities", said Reed Foster, a defense analyst for IHS Jane's. "They are here to protect the islands, just in case something happens". "And even people who make cell phones, who have substantially more testing than THAAD does, sometimes have cell phones burn up", he said.

Commenting on the issue, Kim highlighted that the time has come for the USA and North Korea to meet at the negotiating table. It is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southeast of North Korea, much closer than it is to any of the United States.

But he said that by using "the same kind of rhetoric that North Korea is long accustomed to using", Mr. Trump also ends up unintentionally helping Mr. Kim's strategy of creating the fear "that he could instigate war". The U.S. took control of Guam in 1898, when Spanish authorities surrendered to the U.S. Navy.

Mike Benavente, 37, who maintains air conditioners, said he saw the advisory on Facebook, but preferred family time at a beach barbecue to stocking up on supplies and thinking about suitable shelter options.

That's still a fraction of the size of "the mother of all bombs", which the United States dropped on a suspected Islamic State target in Afghanistan in April.

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