“Well, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say if North Korea was planning some kind of pre-emptive or surprise attack on Guam, we would not be reading about it in North Korean media, ” Delury said. Leader Kim Jong Un would then decide whether to proceed with the strike on the US territory.

The possibility of escalation is made even more acute by the lack of any means of official communication across the Demilitarized Zone, though there has been no easing of the barrage of inflammatory comments in the US and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week.

“The KPA Strategic Force will finally complete the plan until mid-August and report it to the commander-in-chief (Kim Jong-un) and wait for his order”, the General added.

South Korea would not be the first actor because North Korea’s million-plus active troops could cross the border in minutes.

Asked later by reporters to explain the remark, “Those words are very, very easy to understand”.

“There is no panic in Guam“, Calvo said.

The military said it’s maintaining a state of stern readiness to counter any North Korean threats. Those caught outside should lay down, cover their heads and “not look at the flash or fireball” to avoid going blind.

Guam is home to U.S. Naval Base Guam and the Andersen Air Force Base. And within striking range of North Korean missiles.

The forum members also urged North Korea to comply with obligations stated in the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Many locals in Guam are confident in the protection afforded by the USA military. Tests of North Korea’s own missile suggest that now, the island is within the range of Pyongyang. He invited the North to participate in next year’s Winter Olympics, which South Korea is hosting.

A top Chinese expert on North Korea said Pyongyang seemed to have been heartened by Washington’s failure to take firm measures in response to earlier actions. “We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail”. Russian Federation and China have both urged the U.S.to halt the sea exercises.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that the rogue state would face “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the United States.

Seoul is expanding its participation in a nationwide civil defence drill, set to take place on August 23, Shim Kang-cheon, a local Seoul government official, told Reuters.

The damage inflicted on world stocks this week by the tensions topped $1 trillion by Friday, as investors again took cover in the yen, the Swiss franc, gold and government bonds. Since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago has been an essential part of US power projection. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 0.06 percent while the S&P 500 .SPX gained 0.12 percent and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 0.64 percent. “I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that”, she said.

“I see the need for enduring work at the U.N. Security Council.as well as tight cooperation between the countries involved, especially the US and China”, Merkel told reporters in Berlin. Trump said. He did not specify what they might be.

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.

Mr. Cronin said Mr. Trump’s harsh words were created to “signal a resolve to demonstrate that deterrence holds and that we have the capability to neutralize Kim should he attack”.