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Korea to halt all provocations, says door for dialogue still open

11 August 2017

"It was no accident that North Korea threatened to launch four missiles, it deliberately complicates the decisions of US policy makers", he said.

North Korean state media reports, known for their bluster, shot back at Trump's comments while outlining the alleged missile plan. "They will be met by fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said on Wednesday.

North Korea also accused the United States of devising a "preventive war" and said in another statement that any plans to execute this would be met with an "all-out war wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the U.S. mainland". December gold jumped USD16.70, or 1.3%, to settle at USD1,279.30/oz.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference, "We can not tolerate such a clear provocative act to the security of the region and worldwide society, including our country", urging Pyongyang to exercise restraint.

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The North Korean army announced it was examining plans for attacking the island, which serves as a launching pad for the USA military.

South Korea and the North technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty. Before Trump's tweets on the nuclear arsenal, Tillerson arrived in Guam on a previously scheduled visit after telling reporters he did not believe there was an imminent threat from North Korea and "Americans should sleep well at night".

On Wednesday, Trump followed up his "fire and fury" warning with a boast about U.S. nuclear capabilities.

The Pentagon has prepared a plan to launch a pre-emptive strike on the North's missile sites upon a presidential order, to which a B-1B bomber attack from Guam is key, NBC reported Wednesday, citing two senior military officials.

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"(The North's bellicose rhetoric) seems to be aimed at binding its society together, stoking anxiety within the South and undercutting the South Korea-US alliance and Washington's North Korea policy".

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States. The rotations also came as North Korea increasingly upped the ante in the standoff over its development of nuclear weapons.

The worldwide community is calling for a calming of tensions, fearing the Korean peninsula is being pushed dangerously close to the brink of war. But in 1944, it was handed back to the USA to rule. "South Korea alliance", a spokesperson for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff told Bloomberg on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, South Korean authorities said Seoul would act against the North if the latter continued its provocations.

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Korea to halt all provocations, says door for dialogue still open