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"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely", Mr. Trump tweeted.

Another has a torn American flag with the labels "Military option. The US and President Donald Trump have promised to discuss and reach an agreement with South Korea on any options (the US) may use against North Korea".

"What's unimaginable to me is not a military option", Dunford told reporters before a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In his first public appearance in about two weeks, Kim inspected the command of the North's army on Monday, examining a plan to fire four missiles aimed at landing near the US Pacific territory of Guam, the official KCNA news agency reported.

Dunford met later Thursday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which both men reinforced the importance of exchanges between their militaries in stabilizing a relationship frequently roiled by disputes over security, diplomacy and trade.

The U.S. rejects this outright, and scaling down the drills now would make President Donald Trump look weak so soon after his warnings of "fire and fury".

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the exercises were important for the alliance to maintain the ability to defend itself.

"China believes that dialogue and consultations are the only effective avenue to resolve the peninsula issue, and that military means can not become an option", Fan said, as quoted by the Chinese Defense Ministry. South Korean President Moon would clearly agree with this assessment. "There is no shortage of good ideas for how to apply these strategies to the Korean Peninsula-through declaratory policy, military operations, additional missile-defense deploy-ments and improvements to USA and South Korean forces, to name but a few", continued the article titled, "Donald Trump, North Korea and Inconvenient Truths".

Over the years I have played the North Korean tactical commander in a number of war games.

Among North Korea's capabilities in the field, US intelligence officials have said it likely can produce its own missile engines and does not need to rely on imports.

Of course, it would be nice if the current crisis could be defused by negotiations. Pyongyang released images of this, showcasing a map outlining a flight path for the missiles from the coastal city of Sinpo in North Korea to Guam.

"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Guam is home to 163,000 USA citizens as well as several major US military bases.

Instead, Pyongyang has spent most of the year testing various types of missiles.

Dunford told reporters that he has advised the USA leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.

While North Korean media said United States military exercises tested Kim's "self-restraint", the odds of the country firing a missile toward Guam remain slim.

Moon was elected in May after a near-decade of conservative rule that saw animosity deepen between the rival Koreas. He's a liberal who wants to engage the North.

If a threat were to become an action, some wonder what type of impact it could have on the USA dollar. "We're not yet in any kind of a mediating role", he told reporters, when asked if Berlin could again host talks between the United States and North Korea. "But we don't need to be impatient", Moon said.

Military preparations of the DPRK provoked a strong reaction in Washington.

But as Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said on Tuesday, the U.S. has no plans to do so. Pyongyang eventually reneged on an agreement to dismantle its nuclear reactors - one among many reasons the USA doesn't trust North Korea.

We have an administration that denies most accepted facts when they do not follow its agenda, on issues such as voter fraud, climate change, hateful behavior toward others, and so on.

"Miniaturization for ballistic missiles is only one of the many challenges of targeting the USA with an ICBM", said David Albright, a physicist and founder of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.