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"Tensions between North Korea and the USA are likely to have a negative impact on the main index", Kim said.

Pyongyang said the plan, which will be sent to leader Kim Jong Un for approval in the next week or so, would call for the missiles to fly over Japan and strike into the Pacific about 10 to 25 miles from Guam.

There were no signs of panic or an exodus from the island of 163,000 people on Thursday, with its wide roads clogged with commuters and commercial vehicles and shops and restaurants doing brisk trade from South Korean and Japanese tourists drawn to the island's green hills and bright turquoise waters. The tiny island hosts a U.S. Coast Guard Group, a Navy installation, and an airbase.

To that end, USA Today reports, the US territory's homeland security department has released a "fact sheet" so that residents of the small island will know what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear-missile attack.

Australian stock futures slumped early on Friday and other Asian markets looked set to follow as tensions ramped up between the US and North Korea, sending investors into less risky assets such as gold, the yen and USA government bonds.

President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces "fire and fury" over its missile program, after United States media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump warned of military action "should North Korea act unwisely", noting that the "locked and loaded".

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"It must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said. There are around 6,000 military personnel on Guam, but that number is set to almost double when 5,000 Marines are relocated from Japan to the island as part of a $20 billion DOD investment in the island. When news broke of North Korea's threat broke, he says he was distraught. It also has a spotty record, although its most recent test, in May, was a success.

The UN Security Council last weekend backed a punishing new round of sanctions against North Korea following the test firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles which experts believe could be capable of hitting the USA mainland.

Also in 2016, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test, which it claimed was of a "standardized" warhead that could fit on a rocket.

Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center, told CNN a single ship equipped with Aegis could probably take out two missiles. South Korean government plans to inject 210 billion dollars into three programs: Kill Chain, Korea and Missile Defense and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation plan.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that it's very important to secure US deterrence at times when regional security is at stake. Neither South Korea nor Japan, two potential North Korean targets in the region, have changed their emergency-readiness status. "I do not believe there is any imminent threat in my own view", Tillerson said. "We are really taking it seriously, a lot of the people in Guam".

HU:.There's a certain island calm about the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

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