Kim Jong Un briefed on plans for missile tests near Guam

The photos released with a KCNA report revealed that Kim had delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he was watching USA actions a little longer.

Kim Jong-un ordered the army to be ready to launch should he make the decision for military action.

If they "persist in their extremely risky reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea would then take action "as already declared", he asserted".

President Donald Trump said he would respond to further threats from North Korea with "fire and fury", and North Korea threatened to attack Guam, a U.S. territory.

A Guam official said he was "ecstatic" as North Korea appeared to back away from its threat.

Meanwhile, North Korea said on Saturday that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington.

Tillerson, on August 1, had told reporters that "we felt the appropriate thing to do first was to seek peaceful pressure on the regime in North Korea to have them develop a willingness to sit and talk with us and others".

For years, North Korea has claimed Guam is within its missiles' striking distance, making furious statements each time the USA flew powerful bombers from the island's air base to the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea threatened to shoot four missiles into the sea off Guam following heated exchanges with the US over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Regional tensions have been soaring after US President Donald Trump warned that North Korea would "truly regret" any hostile action against America.

Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis also spoke out on Monday regarding the U.S.'s on-going tensions with the North.

Now it was on countries like China and Russian Federation along with US allies like South Korea and Japan to work in tandem to get nuclear weapons out of the region.

"When I served in Korea many years ago as the director of intelligence USA forces in Korea, what I was anxious about was an incendiary event getting out of hand", Clapper added.

But China, North Korea's only major ally, has been urging restraint.

On Guam, the territory's Homeland Security office says two radio stations aired "an unscheduled test of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System" shortly after midnight, which "residents and visitors may have noticed".

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

President Trump vowed last week that the USA would respond to an attack from North Korea with "fire and fury", and is "locked and loaded".

President Donald Trump responded by promising Mr Kim "fire and fury like the world has never seen" should he ever threaten the U.S. again.

  • Joey Payne