Trump: US military 'locked and loaded'

A visitor takes photographs next to a mock MIM 14 Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile and others on display at the War Memorial of Korea museum in Seoul. (Bloomberg Photo)

US President Donald Trump tweeted that military solutions are "locked and loaded" as officials prepared to move ahead with large-scale US-South Korea exercises later this month.

North Korea, now apparently finalising plans to launch a salvo of missiles toward the US Pacific Ocean territory of Guam, claims the exercises are a rehearsal for war.

The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is a major military hub. The plan would be sent to leader Kim Jong-un for approval just before or as the US-South Korea drills begin.

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