Xi calls for calm after Trump says U.S. is 'locked and loaded'

A man walks by a huge national flag printed on the wall in Seoul South Korea Wednesday Oct. 26 2016

It test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile twice in July, making it realistic that North Korea will deploy nuclear missiles that have the USA mainland within their range.

Five College professor of peace and world security studies Michael Klare said he hopes Trump's words are just bluster.

Over the past few days Donald Trump has issued a series of warnings and threats to North Korea, while the hermit state has hit back with plans to strike the USA territory of Guam.

A drumbeat of threats by North Korea over the years has fostered a sense of resilience among the island's 162,000 inhabitants, whose lives are deeply intertwined with the USA military, which has 6,000 troops based there.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump threatened to hit North Korea "with fire and fury", which some said could "only be interpreted" as a nuclear threat. The United States has been threatened via a direct threat to Guam, which isn't just a host for Air Force and Navy bases.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo addressed the North Korean statement on Thursday by telling Reuters that the Kim Jong-un regime likes to be unpredictable and has fired surprise missiles in the past.

The drill coincides with the four-day "Ulji Freedom Guardian" military maneuvers August 21-24, which are held yearly and include joint exercises by the US and South Korean armed forces, as well as drills for emergencies.




Though officials on the island are clearly mindful of the heated back-and-forth between Washington and Pyongyang, the guidance issued to residents Friday is simply an extension of long-standing public safety practices designed for typhoons and other natural disasters that menace the region.

On a technical level, just as the North learns valuable information on its capabilities with each launch, so does the USA military. The island is home to both a US naval base and an Air Force base. It's a home port for our nuclear submarines and the launch point for the nuclear-capable strategic bombers we periodically send on flyovers of the Korean Peninsula (as we did in July).

"If ever it disintegrates in the atmosphere, potentially it would have debris", Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Restituto Padilla Jr. said in a news conference in Malacañang.

"He does something in Guam - it will be an event the likes of which nobody's ever seen before, what will happen with North Korea", Trump told reporters Thursday in Bedminster, New Jersey.

People who are caught outside are advised to remove their clothing and get clean as soon as possible, take a shower with "lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination". "Do not scrub or scratch the skin". Blow your nose, and wipe out your ears and eyelids, it says.

The two-page fact sheet suggests that residents build an emergency supply kit and create a plan in case of a strike.

Mines said she hasn't heard of any serious conversations about the use of shelters in decades. "This is the answer of our heroic Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il working class which has been grown up under the warm care of the Party", Pak said, referring to North Korea's first two leaders.

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