North Korea is once again threatening to launch missiles toward Guam, the New York Times reports. The US territory is in the crosshairs this time over a joint naval exercise being held by the US and South Korea and scheduled to start Monday in the waters around South Korea. "We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam," says Kim Kwang-Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the North Korea Foreign Ministry. "The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to the 'trigger.'" While the US maintains the exercise, like previous ones, is defensive, North Korea sees it as practice for an invasion.
Asked about North Korea on Friday, President Trump said, "We're totally prepared for numerous things," the Los Angeles Times reports. He added: "We're going to see what happens." A day earlier, John Kelly said North Korea's potential ability to hit the US with missiles should concern Americans, according to CNN. "Let's hope that diplomacy works," the chief of staff said. Despite earlier comments, Trump also said Friday that he's "open" to negotiation. "But if it's going to be something other than negotiation, believe me, we are ready—moreso than we have ever been," the president added.