The DPRK military said in a statement Thursday that its plan to strike Guam with intermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August and its implementation will depend on a decision by DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.
"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen in North Korea", said Trump.
Trump's focus on Guam's tourism seems relatively tone deaf at a time when North Korea has said it could fit nuclear warheads on missiles.
Mr. Xi stressed that "China and the U.S. have a common interest in realising the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula".
China has repeatedly urged a resumption of long-dormant six-party talks to peacefully resolve the crisis, but its position has been overshadowed by the emerging brinkmanship between Trump and Kim.
The exercises were scheduled well before tensions began to rise over President Donald Trump's increasingly fiery rhetoric and North Korea's announcement of the missile plan, which if carried out would be its most provocative launch yet.
North Korea released this propaganda photo of a mass rally in Pyongyang this week in support of Kim Jong-un.
"Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough", the U.S. president said, firing the latest salvo in the escalating exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.
It also deployed the anti-missile system in neighboring Ehime, according to the reports, while the Asahi Shimbun said one maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyer was stationed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) to shoot down airborne missiles.
Hopefully it'll all work out.
He said: 'The Americans are more than capable of doing what they might want, or have to do, in the region without our help'.
"I will do my best to secure our people's lives and property", Abe said without elaboration.
China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.