His provocative public declarations, a break from the careful language of his predecessors, have only grown louder as the week as gone on. The exclamation came after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen". The days of war rhetoric have alarmed worldwide leaders.
"I'm glad you're holding the helm, Sir", he said.
A drumbeat of threats by North Korea over the years has fostered a sense of resilience among the island's 162,000 inhabitants, whose lives are deeply intertwined with the USA military, which has 6,000 troops based there.
"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer", Merkel added.
North Korea's bold threat includes "several places they can stop or give up", Carlin said.
"Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you", the fact sheet advises those who are caught outside.
A statue of Guam hero Ricardo Bordallo is pictured at the entrance of the Governor's Complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017.
Whether or not North Korea follows through with its threat, which is really just an announcement of the intention to create a plan to present to Kim, it has already dealt a severe blow to the US's credibility. The tourist district of Tumon, home to many of Guam's hotels and resorts, is in between.
Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm. At a park in central Pyongyang on Friday evening, young people practiced volleyball and grandparents and parents watched children on climbing frames and swings. The military plans to move thousands of U.S. Marines to Guam from Okinawa in southern Japan.
There is no sense fretting, she says, about a situation way beyond their control.
Despite North Korea's threat against Guam this week, she says folks are keeping their cool.
Amid the increasingly hostile rhetoric, North Korea focused on Guam, a USA territory roughly the size of Chicago that's 2,200 miles southeast of North Korea. The U.S. recaptured the territory three years later. Any order by the president could be executed quickly.
North Korean state media called Trump's rhetoric a "load of nonsense" and announced a plan to launch missiles near the USA territory of Guam and create an "enveloping fire" around the island. Its natives are US citizens by birth.
"Some people [say], 'We just want our peace, our island groove that we've always have.' There are other people who are just sick and exhausted of the threats from North Korea because there sure have been many over the years".
Padilla expressed confidence that there "is still a lot of room for dialogue" to thwart North Korea's plan, citing the presence of Pyongyang's foreign minister at the Asean meeting in Manila last week as a "positive sign".
The heightened military activity on the peninsula this time is a concern because it could increase the possibility of a mishap or an overreaction of some sort by either side that could spin into a more serious escalation. What North Korea wants most is security.