North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the United States Pacific territory of Guam.
The North’s official news agency said on Tuesday the plan involved firing medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, where U.S strategic bombers are based.
U.S 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 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 U.S will defend itself and its allies,” the BBBC quoted the Secretary of State as saying in Guam.
On Wednesday, Mr. Trump tweeted that the U.S nuclear arsenal was “more powerful than ever before,” but added he was hopeful “we will never have to use this power.”
A foreign ministry statement quoted by Reuters called on all sides to avoid words or actions which might escalate the situation and to make greater efforts to resolve the issue via talks.
The United Nations recently approved further economic sanctions on North Korea, which Pyongyang said were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” warning the U.S would “pay a price.”