"We'll see what happens, but it is a very, very hard situation that continues to escalate and actually disintegrate every day".
In a call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo yesterday, Mr Trump said the U.S. military is prepared to "ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam" in response to Pyongyang's plans to launch missiles towards the Pacific territory.
Trump on Friday also retweeted images of U.S. B-1 bombers stationed in Guam.
Donald Trump and President Xi had a warmer than expected relationship at first after Trump had spent much of his election campaign attacking China on trade and the economy. "Whether they feel genuinely annoyed and threatened or simply see this as a way to justify more missile tests to the Chinese is a fair question".
Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has emphasized that the threat level for the island has not changed and remains normal. But the commander in chief told him not to worry because the threat of a nuclear attack would only help Guam woo tourists. Though it has been mostly lost as the current round of tough talk keeps escalating, North Korea just a few months ago conducted a similar rehearsal strike on a USA military base in Japan.
On Thursday, Trump suggested that maybe his "fury" statement "wasn't tough enough." Starting a nuclear war in order to force a rogue state to denuclearize doesn't satisfy even the most rudimentary cost-benefit analysis. Chung and McMaster had a telephone conversation to discuss North Korea, presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun said.
"I wish there would be less partisanship up there, this is a time of threats to the United States", said Calvo. "They can try to make it be about Guam, but we already have other countries stepping up to the plate saying they are not going to tolerate any aggression toward the territory". However, it is not clear that the Hwasong-12 can actually reach Guam, which is 3,400 kilometers away from North Korea, near the outer limits of the missile's estimated range.
China, North Korea's only major ally, called on both countries to avoid the "old road" of escalating hostilities.
Analysts say they have seen no evidence of any increased alert in North Korea, but they warned the bluster could raise the risk of miscalculation that could result in a conflict far beyond the scale of the 1950-53 Korean War. In the current situation a little spark can ignite a fire in the region. That might well cause panic among the USA public - a psychological warfare win for North Korea. Along with a bigger set of maneuvers held every spring, the exercises are routinely met by strong condemnation and threats of countermeasures from North Korea.
"Trump reassured GovernorCalvoand our fellow Americans on Guam thatUnitedStatesforces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along withthe rest of America", it said.