North Korea: 'The military is ready to attack - waiting for the order'

N. Korea ponders striking US base in Guam after Trump threatens Pyongyang with 'fire & fury'

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"The President has enabled the intelligence community and the Department of Defence, to be sure, that we're protecting America from this threat", Pompeo said.

North Korea, according to the director, has been moving at an "ever alarming rate" to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. He said the USA has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics. Trump said the USA military was "locked and loaded" and ready to respond to any attack on its territories. In addition, North Korea threatened that its "military can fight any war the United States wishes".

He played down the gravity of Trump's tweet Friday that the US military is "locked and loaded" to respond to North Korea's threats. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"The United States has actually lowered the bar by saying that the best evidence North Korea is serious about diplomatic negotiations is to stop missile tests", said political analyst Bong Young-shik with the Yonsei University Institute for North Korean Studies.

But restraint was not the word of the day on Friday as Trump sent out a cascade of unscripted statements, including what appeared to be another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a US attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.

The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

Mr Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map reading "Strategic Force's Firing Strike Plan", which showed a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, then flying over Japan and ending near Guam, as Pyongyang announced last week.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.

"There's nothing imminent", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday".

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