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Trump warns North Korea against attacking Guam

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President Donald Trump is warning of severe consequences if North Korea attacks Guam.
  
Trump says he has yet to speak with the governor of the territory, but says, "I feel that they will be very safe, believe me."
  
He adds, "if anything happens to Guam, there's going to be big, big trouble in North Korea."
  
North Korea this week announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory, which is a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
  
Trump has been escalating his rhetoric against North Korea, but says he hopes "it will all work out."
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President Donald Trump says his critics are only complaining about his tough rhetoric on North Korea "because it's me."
  
He says days of grave threats to the communist country's leader, Kim Jong Un, would be welcomed as "a great statement" if "somebody else" uttered them.
  
Trump adds that millions of Americans support his words because "finally we have a president that's sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies."
  
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President Donald Trump says North Korea's leader will "regret it fast" if he threatens or acts against Guam, or any other U.S. territory or ally.
  
Trump says tens of millions of Americans support his tough position on North Korea's nuclear threat.
  
Following days of grave threats to North Korea, Trump directed his latest warning Friday directly to the communist country's leader, Kim Jong Un.
  
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An escalating exchange of provocative rhetoric between the United States and North Korea is alarming international leaders. Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, estimated the risk of a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea as "very high," and said Moscow is deeply concerned.
  
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S. in case of a military conflict with North Korea. She called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the issue.
  
Japan has started deploying land-based Patriot interceptors after North Korea threatened to send ballistic missiles flying over western Japan and landing near Guam.
  
Meanwhile, American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war.
  
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A Democratic congressman is urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to reconvene the House from its summer recess to consider legislation prohibiting a pre-emptive nuclear strike against North Korea.
  
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says that in light of President Donald Trump's "reckless words" threatening North Korea, the House should immediately take up legislation barring a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior congressional authorization.
  
Cicilline said Trump "has made a dangerous situation even worse by recklessly asserting that the United States is 'locked and loaded' to bring 'fire and fury' to North Korea."
  
Cicilline said Trump's bellicose language against North Korea has raised alarms around the world, adding that "if the president will not defuse this situation, then Congress must."
  
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Japan has started deploying land-based Patriot interceptors after North Korea threatened to send ballistic missiles flying over western Japan and landing near Guam.
  
The Defense Ministry said Friday the PAC-3 surface-to-air interceptors are being deployed at four locations: Hiroshima, Kochi, Shimane and Ehime.
  
The deployment is largely aimed at responding to the risk of falling fragments while missiles fly over the region.
  
The four PAC-3 systems are brought from eastern Japan, as its missile defense is largely centered around Tokyo. They are expected to arrive in the designated sites early Saturday.
  
The ministry did not confirm whether Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles.

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