After US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with ‘fire and fury’, the isolated country responded by declaring it is considering attacking the US Pacific territory of Guam.
Pyongyang said a plan to strike Guam, located 2,100 miles away, was being 'carefully examined' along with a threat to create an ‘enveloping fire’ around the US-owned territory.
The United States of America has been warned not to get involved in a political, military-led spat with North Korea, as the consequences could be potentially disastrous.
Eddie Calvo, Governor of Guam's, has reassured residents of the US military base – including a submarine squadron, an airbase and a coastguard group – that the island is ready for ‘any eventuality’.
"My Homeland Security Advisor who is in communications with Homeland Security and Department of Defense notes that there is no change in threat level resulting from North Korea events.
HSA George Charfauros reminds us there are several levels of defense [sic] all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation.
Additionally, I have reached out to the White House this morning. An attack or threat to Guam is a threat or attack on the United States.
They have said that America will be defended."
North Korea has previously stated that it is ready to do battle against the US, and that Trump's deterrents of tougher sanctions, more pressure and possible military action, will have no effect on them building up a nuclear missile arsenal.
The official Korean Central News Agency said:
"The nuclear force of [North Korea] is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people.
We have the will and capability to fully respond to any war which the U.S wants. If the businessmen-turned-U.S officials thought they would frighten us, they would soon recognise that their method would not work."
The rebuke came after signalled a tougher strategy and offered the possibility of preemptive military action against the North.
On a visit to the militarised border between North and South Korea, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson Rex Tillerson, said:
"Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table."
People are becoming alarmed as tensions between the countries rise, whilst North Korea has accelerated its nuclear weapons programme, conducting a series of missile tests and developing a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on an inter-continental ballistic missile.
The country is in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and experts have said they could develop nuclear warheads capable of reaching US soil within next couple of years.