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North Korea last week threatened to test-fire four missiles that would fly toward the small US Pacific island territory of Guam, after President Donald Trump promised to meet ongoing threats from Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) gives orders during a visit to the Strategic Rocket Forces headquarters in this picture released by the official [North] Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday.

Kim said he will give order for the missile test if the United States continues its "extremely risky actions" on the Korean Peninsula.

The sanctions were in response to the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month, after which President Kim boasted that he could now strike any part of the United States.

"The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means", he added.

"The military dimension today is directly in support of that diplomatic and economic effort", Dunford told reporters after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul. Other nuclear-armed regimes have similarly engaged in "unspeakable brutality" against their own people and posed direct threats to the USA, but they have refrained from using nuclear weapons against the US and its allies because they believed that they would invite their own destruction if they did so. But on Thursday, President Trump indicated he may be willing to sacrifice the trade issue if Beijing steps up on the North Korea problem: "If China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade, a lot differently toward trade". "China can shut down North Korea instantly", former NATO Commander James Stavridis told VOA's Serbian service.

But North Korea is different.

After days of back and forth escalation between the United States and North Korea, the threat of missile launches from the mysterious regime seems to be in the past. We do not seek an excuse to garrison USA troops north of the Demilitarized Zone. The most devastating destruction "that the world has ever seen" was the use of the atomic bomb by the United States against Japan back in 1945. And that's the problem with a regime like North Korea having possession of nuclear weapons.

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Tillerson said he had no response to Kim's apparent willingness to observe U.S. actions for a while longer before deciding whether or not to carry out his threat to bombard the United States territory of Guam, in the Western Pacific.

The comments come after a report earlier this week said North Korea's leader said he decided not to launch an attack but warned he could change his mind.

However, China says sanctions are not the final way to resolve the issue, and has repeatedly called for a return to diplomacy and the restart of a six-party talks process with North Korea, which includes China, the two Koreas, the United States, Russia and Japan and which collapsed in 2008.

"Should preferred diplomatic and economic peaceful options fail, General Dunford reiterated America's resolve to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan, as well as the US homeland".

South Korean Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk highlighted doubts about North Korea's claims about its military capability.

The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii.

North Korea is currently holding three U.S. citizens it accuses of espionage or hostile acts, but now is not the right time to discuss them, KCNA reported, cited a foreign ministry spokesman.

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