Trump reassures governor of Guam in phone call

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated

"If they do that, it's game on".

"If (a nuclear attack) were to occur, then you're seeing not only catastrophe in the Marianas, you're not only seeing catastrophe in the Korean peninsula, catastrophe in Japan, but the world". He cautioned against portraying his words as a virtual declaration of war.

Speaking to reporters, Mattis added that the USA military would "take out" any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including Guam, a us territory.

The Pacific island nation - an unincorporated territory of the U.S. - was this week threatened by Pyongyang with missile strikes, which has been widely condemned by the worldwide community.

Donald Trump has reassured the governor of of Guam that the U.S. territory is safe, as the Pacific island finds itself at the centre of tensions between North Korea and the US. "We stand ready to defend our nation", Mattis said, echoing his warning from Monday that if North Korea fired on U.S. territory it would be "game on".

"We will defend the country from any attack, at any time, from any quarter. But it's not declaring war, it's not that I'm over here Dr. Strangelove doing things like that", he added. The Pentagon meanwhile warned that any strike against the United States could "very quickly" escalate into war. "I need a certain amount of ambiguity because I'm not going to tell them what I'm going to do in each case", Mattis said.

"If he utters one threat in form of overt threat - which by the way he's been uttering for years - or if he does anything with Guam or American territory or ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast", the U.S. President said.

Moon, in a televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of the end of World War II and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, said that Seoul and Washington agree that the crisis over the North's nuclear program should "absolutely be solved peacefully", and that no USA military action on the Korean Peninsula could be taken without Seoul's consent.

Tillerson says: "We continue to be interested in trying to find a way to get to dialogue but that's up to him".

But the two USA secretaries also described the regime in Pyongyang as "hostile".


Washington, Aug 13 North Korea's "grave threat" demands a "concerted effort" from the U.S. and its worldwide allies, a top American security official said today as he warned that the two countries were closer to war than they were a decade ago.

Tensions have increased as North Korea advanced toward being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear-armed missile.

"I don't think anyone wants to take it on".

"It's not different messages, it is understanding where we are at right now". -South Korea drills begin.

North Korea's state news agency KCNA reported earlier in the day that leader Kim Jong Un had examined plans for a launch.

The Global Times, while state-run, often uses stronger language than the official line from Beijing.

The restrictions came after North Korea's latest missile tests, which it claimed involved the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). "All over the world, they are talking about Guam". The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart pledged in a phone call Saturday to work to denuclearise North Korea, but Trump again spoke of possible "military measures" if other steps fail.

Governor Eddie Calvo said he was grateful that Trump was taking a strong stance against North Korean threats to Guam - a USA territory island in the West Pacific. Seoul and Washington say the exercises are defensive in nature.

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