The military option with North Korea is 'locked and loaded,' Trump says

Shuttle buses in the city of Tamuning on the island of Guam

Trump: 'Fire and fury' talk on N. Korea 'wasn't tough enough'

Japanese media said Tokyo was deploying its Patriot missile defence system.

President Donald Trump has once again doubled down on his warning against North Korea.

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. Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Guam, the Pacific island that is a USA territory and home to a United States bases and around 6000 U.S. military personnel, posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said President Donald Trump had elevated North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as a "world stage player" in his statements over their nuclear weapons program, The Hill reported Saturday. The Associated Press reported Friday that talks between North Koreans and a USA official continue through a back channel previous used to negotiate the return of Americans held in North Korea.

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But he added: "Hopefully, it will all work out".

China, North Korea's only major ally, called on both countries to avoid the "old road" of escalating hostilities.

Despite the tough rhetoric, Mr Trump has insisted that "nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

China would not come to North Korea's aid if it were to launch missiles that threaten US territory and prompt a USA retaliation, the editorial said.

His remarks can also be taken to mean that Washington has set the North's new nuclear test and launch of medium- and long-range ballistic missiles as the red line for launching military action.

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Guam is home to a United States air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military personnel.

During that war, Japan occupied Guam until US forces helped liberate it. Guam's called the tip of the spear for that reason.

The DPRK military said in a statement Thursday that its plan to strike Guam with intermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August and its implementation will depend on a decision by DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.

Calvo responded by saying he feels safe and confident with Trump's leadership: "I'm glad you're holding the helm, sir".

Despite the rhetoric, USA officials said there was no major movement of US military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war.

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A statement was also issued by the White House about the phone call that said the two leaders agreed that "North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior."Jinping's advice to Trump over maintaining restraint comes after the USA president threatened North Korea in a tweet Friday where he said the US military was "locked and loaded". Military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.

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