President Trump warns 'big trouble in North Korea' if Guam is attacked

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Tillerson also said handling North Korea requires a "combined" message, and the president has "made it clear" he prefers a "diplomatic solution".

Despite the war of words, the United States military says, for now, there has been no change in its readiness posture in South Korea or elsewhere in Asia.

How do the president's words impact the Trump administration's options?

In a phone call, Mr Trump and Mr Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour", the White House said in a statement, and reiterated their mutual commitment to removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.

Mr Xi also stressed China and the USA shared "common interests" over denuclearisation and maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula.

President Xi called on "relevant parties" to exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would exacerbate tension, state TV reported, adding that it was in the interests of both China and the U.S. to pursue the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The North Korean military has said it was working on a plan that will involve firing intermediate range missiles into the seas creating an "enveloping fire" around Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific that is home to several U.S. military facilities. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo says he coordinates with Homeland Security and the USA military on preparedness procedures. DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Should Trump tone down the rhetoric that could be creating more tensions between the countries?

New United Nations sanctions condemning the North's rapidly developing nuclear program drew fresh ire and threats from Pyongyang.

In the escalating war of words with the United States, North Korea has threatened to launch four missiles over Japan to waters around Guam, where a key US military base is located.

"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea", Trump told reporters from the steps of his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution more than President Trump, that I can tell you ..."

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USA officials painted the call as one of friendly agreement. Former acting Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Morell called the situation the most serious one since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the closest the globe came to nuclear war. North Korea has been building a missile that is said to have the capability of reaching Alaska and some western states.

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

The U.S. military owns about a third of the land here and has both an air force and naval base on Guam.

She said that if North Korea attacks first, they will be "wiped out" by the U.S. Germany has also expressed alarm. She says she'd like see the president's tough talk dial down. He added: "And I think China will do a lot more".

"Let her speak for Germany", Trump said, when asked about the comment.

By evening, he seemed to have mellowed a bit.

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

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has relished any opportunity to take credit for improving economic numbers, even as experts say he is just reaping the rewards from the policies put in place by his predecessor Barack Obama.

"You and your children need to be off of the roads and in safe locations as soon as possible", the sheet reads. "We are with you a thousand percent".

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