Photos: US and North Korea’s fuelled war of words over Guam missile crisis

A heated to and fro of rhetoric between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump escalates tensions over the former's claims that it has developed strike capabilites extendeing at least till the US naval base in Guam, elliciting a response of retributive 'fire and fury' from Trump himself.

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North Korea’s apparent rapid progress in developing medium and long range nuclear weapons and missiles capable of breaching targets in the US mainland has propelled tensions that escalated into a war of words between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, unsettling regional powers and trade markets. (KCNA / via REUTERS)

North Korea’s apparent rapid progress in developing medium and long range nuclear weapons and missiles capable of breaching targets in the US mainland has propelled tensions that escalated into a war of words between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, unsettling regional powers and trade markets. (KCNA / via REUTERS)

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While most of the US is still out of reach North Korea’s arsenal, Guam, a 543 sq km sovereign post in the western Pacific Ocean, is a strategic US military base hosting around 6,000 American troops. The island’s location, within North Korean range and significance to the US make it a logical target. Some on the island see war knocking; others are more concerned about the potential loss of tourism revenue rather than a nuclear strike. (Haven Daley / AP File)

While most of the US is still out of reach North Korea’s arsenal, Guam, a 543 sq km sovereign post in the western Pacific Ocean, is a strategic US military base hosting around 6,000 American troops. The island’s location, within North Korean range and significance to the US make it a logical target. Some on the island see war knocking; others are more concerned about the potential loss of tourism revenue rather than a nuclear strike. (Haven Daley / AP File)

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A missile believed to be the North Korean Hwasong-12 is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea said Wednesday that it was examining operational plans for an attack on Guam, in reaction to U.N. punishment for recent North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a US suggestion about preparations for possible preventive attacks to stop the DPRK’s nuclear weapons program. (Wong Maye-E / AP File)

A missile believed to be the North Korean Hwasong-12 is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea said Wednesday that it was examining operational plans for an attack on Guam, in reaction to U.N. punishment for recent North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a US suggestion about preparations for possible preventive attacks to stop the DPRK’s nuclear weapons program. (Wong Maye-E / AP File)

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US President Donald Trump responded to the North Korean government’s plans with a statement claiming ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ as response to any perceived threat to US territory. The US and North Korea have technically been at war since the 1950-53 Korean war ended with an armistice and not an actual treaty. Tensions have been on the rise since North Korea carried out two nuclear and ICBM tests in 2016, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

US President Donald Trump responded to the North Korean government’s plans with a statement claiming ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ as response to any perceived threat to US territory. The US and North Korea have technically been at war since the 1950-53 Korean war ended with an armistice and not an actual treaty. Tensions have been on the rise since North Korea carried out two nuclear and ICBM tests in 2016, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

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A US Air Force B-1B Lancer flies during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, on August 7, 2017. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea on August 9, 2017, that it would be ‘grossly’ outmatched in any conflict with the US, telling Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked ‘the destruction of its people’. (Gerald Willis / US Air Force / AFP)

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer flies during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flying in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula, on August 7, 2017. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea on August 9, 2017, that it would be ‘grossly’ outmatched in any conflict with the US, telling Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked ‘the destruction of its people’. (Gerald Willis / US Air Force / AFP)

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North Korea was quick to deride Trump’s rhetoric as a ‘load of nonsense’, in a statement attributed to General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the country’s strategic forces, declaring ‘Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him’. The statement added the a strike plan would be ready by mid-August and would await affirmation by the North Korean leader. (KRT / AP File)

North Korea was quick to deride Trump’s rhetoric as a ‘load of nonsense’, in a statement attributed to General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the country’s strategic forces, declaring ‘Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him’. The statement added the a strike plan would be ready by mid-August and would await affirmation by the North Korean leader. (KRT / AP File)

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A rally in support of North Korea's stance against the US, on Kim Il-Sung square is seen on August 09, 2017 in Pyongyang. North Korea on August 10 said US President Donald Trump was "bereft of reason" and would only respond to force, as it elaborated on a threat to attack the US Pacific territory of Guam. (KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

A rally in support of North Korea's stance against the US, on Kim Il-Sung square is seen on August 09, 2017 in Pyongyang. North Korea on August 10 said US President Donald Trump was "bereft of reason" and would only respond to force, as it elaborated on a threat to attack the US Pacific territory of Guam. (KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

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The yen rate rose against the US dollar as the US index slipped amid tensions. Global markets tumbled on August 9 as the US and North Korea ratcheted up their confrontational rhetoric, with the Asian markets closing at a low and South Korean as well as Japanese exchanges dipping 0.5%. (Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP)

The yen rate rose against the US dollar as the US index slipped amid tensions. Global markets tumbled on August 9 as the US and North Korea ratcheted up their confrontational rhetoric, with the Asian markets closing at a low and South Korean as well as Japanese exchanges dipping 0.5%. (Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP)

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