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Trump says USA is 'locked and loaded' in North Korea confrontation

Trump says USA is 'locked and loaded' in North Korea confrontation

Although Guam hosts two United States military installations and 6,000 United States soldiers, making it the target of North Korea's wrath, tourism authorities are keen to dispel any impression of danger to the tranquil island and its secluded beaches.

But all agree it has made rapid progress under Kim Jong-Un. Territories like Guam, which North Korea has threatened to attack in response to Donald Trump's constant bluster about preemptive strikes.

Clarissa Baumgartner, a 25-year old Guam resident, said Pyongyang's second threat in as many days to train its ballistic missiles on Guam wasn't something she was taking too seriously.

Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by US bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening.

Trump on Friday furthered the rhetoric, saying the USA was "locked and loaded" to deal with the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm.

"If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat - which by the way he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years - or he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast", Trump said.

Tensions have escalated between the USA and North Korea as the communist regime continues testing and expanding its nuclear program, reporting this week that it can now fit nuclear warheads on missiles.

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Air Force B-1B Lancer Bombers arrived on the island of Guam Friday morning.

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the USA mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict. US bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula several times to show American strength after Pyongyang's missile tests.

North Koreans have lived for decades with the state media message that war is imminent, the U.S.is to blame and their country is ready to defend itself. "It looks handsome, you know I'm watching...it's such a big story in the news".

Trump doesn't just need to "justify" THAAD's Northeast Asian deployment in the eyes of Russia, China and the worldwide community at large, but most importantly he needs to convince his new South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In that this move is in his country's best interests.

Trump had earlier said, United States would unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

With China now facing two simmering situations on completely opposite fronts, to say nothing of the ever-tense state of affairs in the South China Sea between them, it's possible that Trump calculated that this would divide Beijing's strategic attention to the point where it will be forced to prioritize one over the other.

The president called the U.S. military "incredible, "rock solid" and "the best in the world by a factor of five".


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