The US has threatened Pyongyang in its own ways, recently by flying two B-1B strategic bombers in Pyongyang's backyard and test-firing ground-attack missiles earlier this week before kicking off joint naval exercises with allies South Korea and Japan on Friday. Only 16 percent of Democrats favor the idea of the US making a preemptive strike on North Korea, while a whopping 77 percent of Democrats oppose it.
The nuclear-powered submarine MI arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on Friday.
North Korea has made fresh threats to attack the USA territory of Guam with a "salvo of missiles" after a recent aviation exercise over the peninsula. US and South Korean warplanes also will join the exercise.
The Pentagon's guided-missile-carrying USS Michigan, an Ohio-class submarine, resurfaced from the depths for a port call in the South Korean city of Busan Friday, the US Pacific Fleet announced, just days before supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan begins a 10-day joint exercise with South Korean and Japanese naval vessels.
As the United States and South Korea prepare for next week's joint naval exercise, North Korean officials yesterday renewed their threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam, an American territory in the western Pacific.
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As the US continued to display its military might on the Korean Peninsula, on Friday, North Korea unleashed another threat against the U.S.
"Let us take our hand closer to the "trigger" for taking the toughest countermeasure", KCNA reported October 13.
"Right now we think the threat is manageable", Kelly told reporters, via a live feed. Across both party lines, Americans say negotiating with the country is a "waste of time". Over 60 percent said they do have confidence in "top national security and diplomatic officials" to handle the situation.