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South Korea Says US Promises Coordination in Standoff With North

South Korea Says US Promises Coordination in Standoff With North

Tensions have risen since North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

"Australia will come to the aid of the U.S. just as if there was an attack on Australia, the United States would come to our aid".

US analysts said earlier this week said they believe North Korea has shrunk a nuclear weapon to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which it successfully launched in July.

If North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, China should stay neutral.

The strike proposal would be presented to Kim Jong-un by mid-August for his decision, it said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. In response to the tests, the US and South Korea repeatedly fired surface-to-surface missiles into neutral waters close to Pyongyang.

"Because of the recent Asean meeting, we saw the presence of the foreign minister of North Korea".

During a news conference Friday, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said that despite the fiery rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang, the island is "safe and sound", the Pacific Daily News reported. The unusually precise statement said the four missiles would be launched simultaneously and overfly the Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi.

Mr Trump said the USA could impose further sanctions, "as strong as they get", on North Korea.

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 USA military base is located.

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"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.

The release came just days after North Korea's army said in a statement that it was reviewing a plan to attack the US territory.

China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm. On Tuesday, he said North Korea will be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," and then Friday morning, he tweeted that the military solutions are "locked and loaded".

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea - a common goal of the global community - and stressed the importance of strengthening pressure on North Korea in diplomatic, economic terms", the South Korean spokesman said.

He later spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who stressed the need for a peaceful resolution, Chinese TV said.

The country's official Korean Central News Agency reported on a mass rally held in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square and cited the secretary of the Pyongyang City Youth League Committee as saying "the young people in the country would become five million human bullets and bombs and nuclear warheads to blow the USA from this planet".

He said keeping a cool head is best right now and looks to the U.N. Security Council's new sanctions on North Korea as the first focus.

"And we assure our civilian populists, we assure the people that preparations are being made for any eventuality and we will inform communities that may be affected", Purisima added.


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