A recent editorial in a Chinese State-owned newspaper was picked up by the Washington Post who published what may very well be China's stance on the Korean peninsula and the mounting threat: "China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten USA soil first and the us retaliates, China will stay neutral". "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula", Xi was quoted as saying. It said the Korean People's Army Strategic Force will finalize the plan by mid-August, present it to Kim Jong Un and "wait for his order".
"Now, what do you want to do, wait for Hawaii to go up in ruins?" he asked.
He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".
Mr Trump previously said the United States would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S., and has shown no signs of softening his rhetoric in the days since then. Mr Calvo agreed with the President that Guam is "paradise".
Meanwhile, as the North may be planning its next ICBM launch, the USA is stepping up military exercises with Japan and South Korea.
"If ever it (North Korea's ballistic missiles launch) disintegrates in the atmosphere, potentially, it would have shattered debris that may scatter around in the area or its trajectory so it could have hit some northern coastal areas", Padilla told Palace reporters.
Whether or not North Korea follows through with its threat, which is really just an announcement of the intention to create a plan to present to Kim, it has already dealt a severe blow to the US's credibility.
President Trump told Governor Calvo the United States is behind Guam "1,000 percent".
During their separate call, Trump and Xi also hailed the adoption of a United Nations Security Council resolution targeting the North as an "important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", a White House statement read.
Abe says: "I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people".
Guam has posted emergency guidelines to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack as North Korea threatens to fire missiles at the US Pacific territory.
Speaking to Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, he promised: "You are safe".
As tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, folks are suddenly remembering that even if the DPRK can't strike the continental USA, if they really wanted to, they could cause problems for our allies and territories.