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North Korea on Thursday called U.S. President Donald Trump's bluff with detailed plans to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean in "enveloping fire".

The state media of North Korea has said its military is planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea, less than 25 miles off Guam's coast. Currently, China has every incentive to ensure that North Korea keeps a nuclear deterrent because without a deterrent, there is the very real specter of American troops being stationed just a few hundred miles from Beijing. But its stance in the event of a sharply intensified crisis is of paramount interest to all sides in the standoff.

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Issuing a new threat to North Korea, President Donald Trump demanded that North Korea "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble. "It's not singularly with the North Koreans", Robert Carlin, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, told Newsweek Thursday.

"They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries", he warned.

He said until his aim of a nuclear-free world is achieved, America will be the most powerful nuclear nation on the earth by far.

If the armed confrontation between the US and the North eventually breaks out, the Americans shouldn't expect it to be a walk in the park, Zolotarev said.

Trump has made a vocal and purposeful shift in posture from his predecessors, blasting their inability to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

"We need to engage in diplomacy".

"Only absolute force can work on him", said General Kim Rak Gyom, the commander of the North Korean military's Strategic Rocket Forces, of Trump, on Wednesday. Should the actions of any players jeopardize China's interests, it will "respond with a firm hand".

"We spent a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of effort".

Tensions have risen since North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

On Thursday (Friday NZT), Trump cautioned North Korea that "things will happen to them like they never thought possible" should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies.