Prior to North Korea's alarming announcement,... U.S. President Trump had said Pyongyang had better not make any more threats against Washington -- or else it would be met with "fire, fury and power."
With tensions nearing boiling point,... U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is touring Asia to gather allies in America's push to further pressure the regime.
Yu Joonhee reports. The war of words between Washington and Pyongyang is intensifying,... with North Korea saying this week... the U.S. would face revenge and "pay dearly", for leading UN sanctions against the regime.
However, President Trump, who is currently on a working vacation at his private golf resort in New Jersey... wasn't about to be intimidated, firing back with threatening comments of his own. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening... beyond a normal statement, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before."
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,... was in Bangkok Tuesday, where he pressed Thailand to curb its business ties with North Korea.
Washington's top diplomat is urging Thailand,... to crack down on shell companies in the country that are operated by Pyongyang... while tightening visa requirements for North Korean nationals.
Tillerson is on a three-nation Asia tour to drum up support for more pressure on North Korea,... having also attended the ASEAN Regional Forum in the Philippines, over the weekend.
At the conclusion of that security meeting, the ASEAN bloc of nations released a statement... urging Pyongyang to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions.
Expressing "grave concerns" over the regime's latest actions,... it also called for a full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,... and the easing of tensions, to create favorable conditions for future dialogue.
Yu Joonhee, Arirang News.
Published on Aug 9, 2017
The North's official news agency said on Tuesday the plan involved firing medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, where US strategic bombers are based.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, flying into Guam, said there was no imminent threat from North Korea.
He also defended President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" .
Mr Tillerson said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not understand diplomatic language, and a strong message was needed that he would understand.
"I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US... will defend itself and its allies," he said.
The exchanges mark a sharp rise in rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang, but China has urged calm.