North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program Has Grown With Each Kim Regime

North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program Has Grown With Each Kim Regime

A giant North Korean flag, left, atop a 160-meter (525-foot) tower in North Korea and a South Korean flag, right, atop of a 100-meter (328-foot) tower in South Korea, flutter in the wind as pictured from the border area between two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. China, Russia and Germany voiced dismay at the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington. It will be carried out in a "multi-concurrent and consecutive way" upon Kim Jong-un's order. She called the most recent threats from both sides "dangerous" and said they had heightened tensions in the region. Again referring to Kim, Trump added, "If he utters one threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast".

The president insisted the North had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed". Trump said he thought US allies South Korea and Japan were "very happy" with how he was handling the confrontation.

The island has been the focus of North Korean threats in the past, as the home base for nuclear-equipped bombers that have the capacity to strike the reclusive nation.

Guam is taking every precaution possible following the news that North Korea plans to attack the island.

But on the island, home to a strategic US air base, life continued as normal.

Pyongyang stepped up its bellicose rhetoric this week, threatening to target waters off Guam with intermediate range missiles.

Trump called the governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo.

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"Everyone is nervous, but I think it is our families out there stateside that are more nervous for us", Sokala said. "You are safe", Trump told Calvo, who posted a video of him speaking with the president on Facebook. But if the missiles aren't expected to hit the island - the stated goal is to have them hit waters well offshore - should it? North Korea sees its nuclear arsenal as protection against the United States and its partners in Asia.

Guam's governor on Thursday said the United States territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island. He gave no details and did not make clear whether he meant unilateral or multilateral sanctions.

"I'm glad you're holding the helm, Sir", he said.

This picture taken on August 9, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 10, 2017 shows a rally in support of North Korea's stance against the U.S., on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. But Daniel Russel, the former top U.S. diplomat for East Asia until April, said this so-called NY channel had been a relatively commonplace means of communication with North Korea over the years, and it was not a forum for negotiation. We live on a small island. Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major USA military hub _ and the home to 160,000 American civilians _ may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an terrible lot to lose. Neither the United States nor North Korea has embraced the plan.

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. Trump, responding to a report that US intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

Residents of Guam have been issued with advice on what to do if North Korea launches an attack. The United Nations this month tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it tested two ICBMs created to carry nuclear warheads to the United States.