EU Council expands sanctions against North Korea

Kim Jong-un threatens to nuke Guam

In a statement, Mattis said Kim should "take heed" of the "fire and fury" warnings from President Donald Trump and cease his threats and provocations.

The North Korean army is developing a plan "in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the United States", the KCNA report said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defences.

"What is our readiness and what steps are you going to take against North Korea if they take any possible action against our country or any other country?" a reporter asked.

While Trump said the nuclear arsenal was more powerful than ever before, United States officials say it takes decades to actually modernize nuclear weapons, a move already under way under President Barack Obama's administration, and there are treaties that regulate nuclear expansion.

United States military officials played down the potential for military conflict.

Trump's unexpected remarks prompted North Korea to say on Thursday it was finalising plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land 30-40 km (18-25 miles) from Guam, adding detail to a plan first announced on Wednesday.

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Democratic leaders criticised Trump for his statement on North Korea.

North Korea has repeatedly denounced the THAAD deployment and escalated its threats after the United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 last week to impose tougher sanctions on the North. He said he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level.

The official said the threats would only increase as the U.S., South Korea and several allies prepare for joint military exercises on the peninsula beginning August 21.

Congressman Dan Kildee of MI was in South Korea wehn the North Korean regime tested another missile.

North Korea will develop a plan by mid-August to launch four intermediate range missiles at the USA territory of Guam before presenting it to leader Kim Jong-un who will make a decision on whether to proceed, the North's state media said on Thursday.

"Americans should sleep well at night", Tillerson said as he flew from Malaysia to Washington, stopping in Guam to refuel.

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