North Korea is a rogue state, taking threats to a unsafe level

Trump later praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision after he delayed the Guam decision.

Trump added that the alternative would have been very destructive and unacceptable.

Although prepared for "the enveloping fire at Guam", the North said it would watch what "the foolish Yankees" do before taking a decision.

But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim delayed the decision while he waited to see what the U.S. did next, prompting Trump to praise Kim's "wise" decision.

"If the United States continues to pose serious danger around the Korean peninsula, as [we have] previously enunciated, a serious decision will be announced", Kim reportedly said, according to KCNA.

The tension rose sharply on the Korean peninsula in recent weeks after the successful tests - but prohibited by the worldwide community - two intercontinental ballistic missiles from north korea capable, according to experts, hitting the west coast of the United States and maybe even the east coast. The two countries' defence agreement states that they must "consult together" when either is threatened.

North Korea has said the flight path for such a launch would go over western Japan. Moreover, for years, the United States and its allies have attempted to keep the North Korean government from procuring a nuclear weapon and the means with which to deliver it.

In response, the DPRK warned of the launch of intermediate-range ballistic missiles targeting the waters off the USA island of Guam in the Pacific.

While we pray that diplomacy shall win the day, we too, hold Pyongyang accountable for their actions contrary to what we know is best for the region and the world.

Kono also touched on the importance of China in resolving the issue.

Trump spoke to Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, late on Monday to discuss North Korea. Trump's tweet may be a way of doing so without looking like he backed down by saying North Korea backed down first. It also comes after U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis talked tough on North Korea.

North Korea and the USA have been trading threats and displaying shows of strength for weeks.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called for the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid signs of de-escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, now in China, met with his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday.

Guam, a strategic prize for the U.S. from the 1898 Spanish-American war, came under NorthKorea's fright following American President Donald Trump's threats to Kim to rain "fire and fury".

  • Jon Douglas