On Thursday 10 August, the Chinese state-run Global Times said: "If North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the USA retaliates, China will stay neutral". It test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile twice in July, making it realistic that North Korea will deploy nuclear missiles that have the US mainland within their range.
Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to "avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula" following the US President's repeated outspoken statements on the nuclear crisis.
"North Korea says it will target Guam, but it is possible that the missiles will fail to follow their programmed trajectories due to an error", a government official said.
Turnbull says: "The United States knows as we know and as Donald Trump reaffirmed. that America stands by its allies including Australia of course and we stand with the United States".
"Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough", the USA president said, firing the latest salvo in the escalating exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.
Earlier on Friday, the president said the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea, should the need arise.
Japan has in the past vowed to shoot down North Korean missiles or rockets that threaten to hit its territory.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said diplomacy was the answer: "Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response".
The trip, announced in April, was recently confirmed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who met in Manila with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. "I think China will do a lot more", he said.
Russian Federation said the exchange of threats between Washington and North Korea anxious Moscow "very much".
Instead he promised to respond to the next provocation from North Korea with what many assumed to mean nuclear force.