President Donald Trump says the US military is locked and loaded to deal with North Korea, ramping up the rhetorical brinkmanship.
In tweet a Mr. Trump said: "Military solutions are now fully in place…should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!"
The President’s statement comes as North Korea accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war.
Pyongyang is finalising a plan to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.
The Pacific island's homeland security agency issued a fact sheet today with tips for residents to prepare for any missile threat.
Mr. Trump's provocative tweet follows his threat earlier this week to rain "fire and fury" on Pyongyang.
His latest post came hours after his Defence Secretary Jim Mattis attempted to defuse tensions by emphasising a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
The Pentagon chief said war would be catastrophic and diplomacy was gaining results.