"North Korea has always threatened other countries".
"The U.S. President at a [golf] links again let out a load of nonsense about 'fire and fury, ' failing to grasp the on-going grave situation..." the statement said.
North Korea's estimated splashdown of the missiles would place them just outside Guam's 12-nautical-mile territorial waters, but well within its 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone.
Tillerson on Wednesday backed Trump's comment while trying to allay fears that a military confrontation was imminent.
Earlier today, a North Korean general said Trump's statements are angering "soldiers", calling President Trump "senile" and "bereft of reason". Several US officials sought to calm the tone after Mr Trump's remarks.
The Korean People's Army Strategic Force will present the final plan for the launch to Kim by mid-August and "wait for his order", the report said.
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North Korea is "trying to ratchet up the threat to create political pressure in the US and elsewhere to get talks", says Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center. The communist regime's military said it will be ready by mid-month to launch four missiles simultaneously.
"Currently, there is no unusual movement related to a direct provocation", South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said in a press briefing.
"They've noticed that we've never sought conflict with an adversary who can hit our territory (and they) hope that this (threat) will force a more diplomatic line". The North said it is finalizing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 USA military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on USA military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.
"It is hard to imagine any real diplomacy kicking in", said Kim Ki-ho, professor of global politics at South Korea's Kyonggi University.
The American military presence on Guam consists of two bases - Andersen Air Force Base in the north and Naval Base Guam in the south - which are home to 7,000 USA troops. The S&P 500 declined 1.45% and the Nasdaq dipped 2.13%.
"North Korea must make the right choice now and go for denuclearization", Cho added, suggesting the door for dialogue remains open between the two countries. The THAAD system is specifically created to shoot down ballistic missiles.