PAC-3 systems deployed in case missiles stray off course to Guam

US president Donald Trump flanked by his national security Adviser H R McMaster left and vice president Mike Pence speaks to reporters after a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey

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At the same time, some of the public's anxiety is about Trump and his off the cuff handling of the situation.

The rhetoric is certainly heating up on North Korea. Two-thirds of people polled by CNN said the regime poses a serious threat to the United States, the highest percentage of people with that answer since 2000, according to the network. North Korea has since developed a nuclear weapons program, and USA intelligence agencies now believe the communist regime is close to perfecting a delivery system for those weapons that can reach the continental United States.

Meanwhile, China has reiterated calls for all sides to maintain calm and reduce tensions over the Korean Peninsula.

In another statement, the White House said Trump spoke with Guam Governor EddieCalvo.

Mr Trump, holidaying at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, tweeted on Friday that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

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He said there is tremendous improvement in his health and that he wishes to return home. I have now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed", the president reportedly said.

The United States military could shoot a volley of North Korean missiles headed towards Guam, but it would not be easy and success would be far from certain. "We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail". He added saying China is ready to pay the price, however, the aim of such sanctions should be to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

"Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" But sharp divides remain.

The warm words exchanged Friday night in the US masked underlying tensions between Beijing and Washington over how to deal with the errant regime in Pyongyang.

North Korea's military leadership is fast approaching a self-imposed mid-August deadline to present its marshal and supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, with plans to fire missiles into the waters around the United States territory of Guam - a detailed threat of intentional provocation that has brought the region to the point of crisis. They know that North Korea has thousands of long-range artillery pieces and large numbers of missiles that could lay waste to Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

"Through its participation in this year's ASEAN Regional Forum, North Korea realized the position that it is in, in the worldwide community, and at the same time clearly confirmed continuing with more provocations will only place it in a more hard situation", Cho said.

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"We're going to do a great job, don't worry about a thing", Trump then added.

Trump's latest messages were issued despite a letter signed by more than 60 members of Congress asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to do everything in his power to ensure the president and his administration use "caution and restraint" in statements directed at North Korea.

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said: "Unfortunately, the rhetoric in Washington and Pyongyang is now starting to go over the top".

Amidst the escalation, Americans still don't have a lot of confidence in their commander in chief.

Four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles will cross the sky above Japan, said the North, flying over 3,300 kilometers (2,051 miles) for about 17 minutes before coming down 30 to 40 kilometers off the coast of the American island, which hosts a strategic U.S. Air Force base.

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