Should Trump dial back the threats against North Korea?

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South Korean shares fell to an 11-week low on Friday and the won extended this week's slide as President Donald Trump warned North Korea again not to strike Guam or U.S. allies.

US President Donald Trump has capped off a week of escalating tension with North Korea with some of his toughest talk yet.

In comments made via state media, Mr Kim said Mr Trump was "extremely getting on the nerves" of his soldiers by making comments showing his "senility" again.

"America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States", Malcolm Turnbull, told 3AW, an Australian radio station.

What if South Korea or Japan are attacked?

As North Korea's only real ally, China has more influence than any other nation over the hermit nation.

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader on Thursday, warning Pyongyang against attacking Guam or U.S. allies after it disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory.

"It's just like setting off fireworks because most of their guided missiles just crash midway through flight", she said. "They should have had me eight years ago".

For all its fighting talk, missile tests, and mooted plans for an attack on the US's Pacific territory of Guam, North Korea is all bluster and little bite.

He said his previous warning of "fire and fury" if Pyongyang threatened the US again might have been too soft.

The announcement warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7000 U.S. military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

"China hopes all sides can do more to help ease the present tense situation and increase mutual trust, rather than taking turns in shows of strength, the ministry said on its website".

Tension in the region has risen since the North staged two nuclear bomb tests past year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers.

Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters in Mountain View, California, the United States still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat and a war would be "catastrophic".

Trump's tweets follow days of escalating rhetoric toward the regime.

Australia, a long-time United States ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the USA is attacked by North Korea.

Other critics of Trump's foreign policy point out that there is no certain time frame for such an effort and remind us that China has emphatically resisted reunification. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

The tensions between North Korea and the United States spurred a broad market sell-off in USA stocks.

Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the United States military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against American territories or allies.

"For us this is incredibly novel and interesting and freaky", says Jonathan Mercer, a University of Washington political science professor.

"Fight tonight" has long been the motto of USA forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

Guam, a tropical island more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people.

Asked what would be tougher than "fire and fury", Trump said, "You'll see". There is currently no U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group or Marine Corps Expeditionary Unit off the Korean Peninsula right now.

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