North Korean missiles can reach Guam in 14 minutes, says US

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base Guam

Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the USA military was "locked and loaded", as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

After Thursday's security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump told reporters that perhaps his "fire and fury" admonishments to North Korea weren't "tough enough".

North Korea issued the warning through its state-run KCNA news agency, wherein it was specifically mentioned that a potential strike could be launched on Andersen Air Force Base designed "to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.". Early Wednesday, the secretary of state said there was no sign the threat level from North Korea had changed and that Americans should "sleep well at night."

After Trump's warning to North Korea, Kim said through state media that Trump is "failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation" and "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason, and only absolute force can work on him".

Last month, Pyongyang conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Mr Xi made the plea in a phone call hours after Mr Trump ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States.

The Chinese response to the heightened tensions between the US and North Korea followed a number of hot-headed proclamations.

"All the five declared nuclear weapons states, which includes the United States, Russia and China, as well as Britain and France, need to get on board on this to bring North Korea back from the brink, bring Donald Trump back from the brink, and support the NPT (the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons) and support the UN's efforts to make nuclear weapons illegal worldwide", he said.

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Attempts to reassure Americans were, however, undercut when the President pointed to his "fire and fury" comment late Thursday and said that "if anything, that statement wasn't tough enough".

Mr Trump maintained military chiefs were carefully examining their options after he said they were "locked and loaded" if Korean leader Kim Jong-un chooses to act "unwisely".

In a press conference, Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr., AFP spokesman, said the possibility that the Philippines may be hit if North Korea proceeded with its threat of a missile strike against Guam was "remote".

"Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you".

"Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined their counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions, August 7", the release read. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo says he coordinates with Homeland Security and the US military on preparedness procedures.

"Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, making such outcries as 'the U.S. will not rule out a war against the DPRK, '" KCNA said.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine said it would be an "an extremely provocative act" to fire missiles towards Guam, a USA site which hosts a major military base.

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