Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.
The call came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies. Trump is issuing a new warning over the North's development of nuclear weapons. In addition to restraining the warlike rhetoric, our leaders need to encourage talks between North Korea and other countries, especially China and Russian Federation. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". He is the secretary of state, that means you don't understand what the words secretaries of state means.
The threat to attack Guam, he says, is a test of President Trump's "larger strategy".
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I returned to Pyongyang in August 2010, at the invitation of North Korean leaders, to bring home Aijalon Gomes, an American who had been detained there. "We never do. I don't talk about it", Trump told reporters when asked about a preemptive strike.
The North Korean Government stated that they are "seriously examining a plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.".More news: Smartphone LG V30 will be released in the Plus version
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters with Vice President Mike Pence at his side August 10 at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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Life on the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, also remained calm. 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.
"What they've been doing and what they've been getting away with is a tragedy and it can't be allowed", Trump said.
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.
In fact, Tillerson had been asked on Wednesday about the diplomatic implications of Trump's threats to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea, not about any military aspect of that foreign policy challenge.