U.S. B-1B bombers flew this week over South Korea with fighter jet escorts from the allied nation.
North Korea again threatened on Friday October 13th 2017 with firing missiles near the American island of Guam at Washington's military deployment in the region, the same day that the USA and Seoul announced new naval maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula. "The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to the 'trigger.'" While the US maintains the exercise, like previous ones, is defensive, North Korea sees it as practice for an invasion.
Kelly added that Americans should be concerned that the North is getting closer to achieving the ability to hit the mainland USA with its missiles.
"Everyone on board is mission ready and I'm proud of being their commanding officer", USS Michigan Capt. Gustavo Gutierrez said. "They cut off banking to North Korea".
North Korea first said it was examining a plan to target the Pacific island in August after President Donald Trump warned the isolated regime would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" following a U.S. intelligence assessment that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead.
Neither Ri Man-gon, who oversees the party's department in charge of nuclear weapons and missile development, nor Kim Rak-gyom, the head of the Strategic Rocket Forces who is in charge of ballistic missile launches, showed up.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday Americans should be concerned about North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capabilities, but he tamped down fears of war.
That has given rise to speculation that they are busy somewhere else preparing for a fresh missile launch.
The President has been very vocal in his criticism of North Korea that some people have claimed have raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
By all indications, another North Korean provocation is inevitable - perhaps imminent.