Nearly Two-Thirds of Voters Say Military Action Against North Korea Likely

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North Korean state media has described US President Trump as a person "bereft of reason" who only understands "brute force".

North Korea's military has become more specific about its plans to "contain" the U.S. air, naval, and missile bases on the Pacific island of Guam by revealing it is to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBMs) to "envelop" it. Though it has been mostly lost as the current round of tough talk keeps escalating, North Korea just a few months ago conducted a similar rehearsal strike on a USA military base in Japan.

Amid escalating tensions, Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

While a nuclear standoff is unlikely, people need to take seriously the possibility of military conflict between North Korea and the United States, said University of MA professor Paul Musgrave.

In comments on Monday, President Moon insisted on dialogue to resolve differences with the North, "whatever ups and downs we face".

"The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

As President Donald Trump ramped up his war of words against North Korea on Thursday, the Bay Area's Congressional delegation sent him a message: cool your jets.

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A USA nuclear expert has warned that Kim Jong-un might be coming closer to being able to produce a hydrogen bomb, also known as thermonuclear weapon, as it is able to produce tritium, a key element. It was occupied by the Japanese for three years during World War II - the only U.S. territory to be invaded - and the July 21 Liberation Day holiday is one of Guam's biggest celebrations.

The heated rhetoric has raised fears of a sudden clash, that once started could cause massive casualties in the South's densely populated capital Seoul, which is just 40 km (25 miles) south of the border.

In addition to the United States military bases, Guam is also equipped with the sophisticated THAAD weapons system which is capable of destroying intermediate-range missiles in the final phase of flight.

Tokyo is considering deploying four PAC-3 missile interceptors to shoot down any North Korean missiles that stray into Japanese territory while flying over the country on their way to the US Territory of Guam, according to government sources.

A new stamp issued in commemoration of the successful test launch of the "Hwasong-14" intercontinental ballistic missile is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. The plan calls for sending 12 rockets over Japan to crash in the waters about 30 miles from Guam, which is 2,100 miles east of the Korean peninsula. Trump, responding to a report that US intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. Now they've telegraphed it, ' Guam Governor Eddie Calvo told Reuters in an interview on the island on Wednesday. They may have managed to miniaturize a nuclear warhead, but they would also love for us to think they have even if they've yet to do so - just as they would love for us to think they are planning to fire missiles at Guam next week.

"Obviously, these are provocative actions aimed against security of our country and the global community".

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