Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times published an article Thursday that said Beijing should stay neutral if North Korea launches missiles that threaten the United States. It also said China should also prevent strikes on Pyongyang from the U.S. and South Korea. 

"Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China's interests, China will respond with a firm hand,” the editorial said.

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President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Thursday against attacking the U.S. Pacific territory, Guam, or any of the U.S. allies. He said North Korea should be "very, very nervous." In the past, POTUS has expressed his frustration over Beijing not acting against North Korea, its trade partner. 

On July 30, the president said he was disappointed with China after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that could target almost the entire U.S. In a series of tweets, he also accused the former U.S. leaders of allowing business transactions worth billions of dollar with Beijing, and not taking any action against China for not curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

In May, after North Korea tested a new type of Scud missile, Trump wrote on his personal Twitter account: “North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard!”

However, in June, Trump targeted China and wrote on Twitter that while he “greatly” appreciated “the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out.” The president has repeatedly said the U.S. would take all the necessary action to ensure the nation's security, however, the administration is yet to come up with a concrete plan to deal with the nuclear threat.

The North Korea crisis has deepened in the last week with both the U.S. and North Korea threatening each other. The North on Thursday revealed its plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory, Reuters reported.

Earlier this week, Trump threatened Pyongyang saying that acts that endangered U.S. would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” On Thursday, he went a step ahead and said, “If anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough."

The state media of North Korea has said its military is planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea, less than 25 miles off Guam's coast. The report also claimed the plan would be presented to North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un by mid-August.

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Guam Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros on Friday told CNN that if North Korea launched the missiles, it would take only 14 minutes to reach the U.S. territory. "It's a 14-minute flight time if all the factors are successful and if it gets through all the US defense layers in place," he said. 

Amid threats, Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday warned North Korea saying that it risked the “end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” in case it attacked the U.S. He said the allied militaries “possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth,” the Guardian reported.