Vawiina Guam thliarkar pana thlawk mek US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chuan, North Korea-in Guam missile-a kap tur anga a vauna hi chaw tak khuka khukpui chi a ni lo va, America ram mipuite pawhin mut mawh hnar mawhah an neih tur a ni lo, a ti.
Rex Tillerson chuan nimina President Donald Trump-a’n ţawngkam dengkhawng tak hmanga North Korea a vauna chu chulmamin, North Korean hruaitu Kim Jong-un hian ram leh ram palaite ţawngkam ţha hi a hrethiam ve lo va, a hriatthiam theih turin ţawngkam dengkhawng tak leh ţawngkam hriam tak tak hman ngaih chang a awm lo thei lo a ni, a ti a, US President in a sawilan tum chu a chiang reng a, “US hian a thawhpui ramte a humhim tlat dawn a ni tih hi” a ti bawk a ni.
Vawiin khan North Korea chu a la invaupung ta cheu va, US hian North Korea ram hi nuclear ralthuam hmanga meivapah chantir a tum ngei tih hriat thawina a awm phawt chuan Guam thliarkar mai ni lo, America ram pum hi North Korea chuan meivapah a chantir hmasa ngei dawn a ni tih hi US hian lo hre rawh se, a ti a ni.
The North’s official news agency said on Tuesday the plan involved firing medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, where US strategic bombers are based.
US 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 that 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 US… will defend itself and its allies,” he said.
On Wednesday, Mr Trump tweeted that the US nuclear arsenal was “more powerful than ever before”, but added he was hopeful “we will never have to use this power”.
The recent exchanges mark a sharp rise in rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang, but China has urged calm.
‘Scary’ situation – BBC’s Yogita Limaye in Seoul, South Korea
On the streets of Seoul, barely 50km (30 miles) from the border with North Korea, the latest developments have drawn mixed reactions. Kim Seong-su, 62, said he thought Pyongyang was bluffing to preserve its regime and justify its nuclear programme.
But others are more concerned. Yeon Eui-sook says she finds the situation scary. “I hope everyone can live in peace. Kim Jong-un keeps doing this and making us worry,” she said.
Analysts say the language from Pyongyang always gets more aggressive in August, when the US and South Korea conduct joint military exercises. But this time – with a US president who also uses strong words – the confrontation is getting even fiercer than usual.
North Korea had reacted angrily after the fresh sanctions were announced on Saturday by the UN, in an attempt to pressure it into giving up its nuclear ambitions.
The sanctions aim to reduce North Korea’s export revenues by a third.
KCNA said North Korea would retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting the new measures.
It called the sanctions a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, the news agency said.
Meanwhile on Wednesday the UK Foreign Office said it would “continue to work with the US and our international partners to maintain pressure on North Korea”.
“We have been consistently clear and forthright in our condemnation of North Korea’s destabilising and illegal behaviour, including through support for UN Security Council resolutions to bring in sanctions that will limit North Korea’s ability to pursue its nuclear weapons programme,” a spokesman said.
A spokesman for Germany’s foreign ministry, quoted by AFP, said it was watching the situation “with the greatest concern” and called on all sides to use restraint.
Tillerson defended Trump’s comments Wednesday, saying the President had sent a “strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-Un would understand.”
But he also sought to reassure Americans that war was not imminent. “I have nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours,” Tillerson said on a flight from the region. “Americans should sleep well at night,” he said.
But North Korea warned in a separate KCNA report on Wednesday that it was looking beyond Guam and would hit the US mainland with preemptive strikes, with the use of nuclear weapons, should there be any sign the US planned to strike North Korea first.
“The US should (remember), however, that once there observed a sign of action for ‘preventive war’ from the US, the army of the DPRK will turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war before the inviolable land of the DPRK turns into the one,” the report said.
The tiny but important island of Guam
- The 541 sq km (209 sq miles) volcanic and coral island in the Pacific between the Philippines and Hawaii.
- It is an “unorganised, unincorporated” US territory, with a population of about 163,000.
- US military bases cover about a quarter of the island. About 6,000 personnel are based there and there are plans to move in thousands more.
- It was a key US base in World War Two, and remains a vital staging post for US operations, giving access to potential flashpoints like the South China Sea, the Koreasand the Taiwan Straits.