Donald Trump warns North Korea that U.S. is 'locked and loaded'

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 13, 2017

South Korea urged North Korea to "immediately" stop issuing threats a day after North Korea again said it might launch a missile strike near the US territory of Guam.

"We heard the North Korean state TV saying we consider the USA no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly anytime", a reporters said.

A Japan Self-Defense Force member stands by a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Xi stressed that "China and the U.S. have a common interest in realising the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula".

Meanwhile, China has reiterated calls for all sides to maintain calm and reduce tensions over the Korean Peninsula.

A White House statement said the U.S. and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour". At the same time, Beijing will respond if the US and South Korea strike first and try to overthrow the North Korean regime. "Is the USA gonna go to war?" "It shouldn't be Democrats or Republicans, it should everybody be unifying behind our president".

The compounding threats came in a week in which the longstanding tensions between the US and the isolated nation seemed to abruptly boil over.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have recently intensified due to North Korea's multiple nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches conducted in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Trump also said that his controversial "fire and fury" comments from Wednesday were perhaps "not tough enough" and warned that Pyongyang should be nervous.

United States ally Japan has braced itself for a potential strike by North Korea near the U.S. territory of Guam, with the Japanese military installing four surface-to-air missile interceptors in the country's west.

Mr Trump went on to say that he has been watching news reports about Guam and that the "beautiful" island has "become extremely famous".

"I hope they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean".

In 2009, a North Korean rocket passed over Japanese territory without incident, triggering Japan's immediate denouncement. State-run media ensures that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but doesn't convey any sense of global concern about the situation.

-South Korea joint military exercises scheduled to start in South Korea on August 21. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

A senior general within North Korea's leadership specified last week that four missiles would be fired into seas just short of the island - home to 163,000 American citizens and two USA military bases - upon Kim's approval, as a message to Washington of its willingness to engage.

Janice Furukawa, who has prepared a typhoon emergency kit, said: 'To be honest, I'm more anxious about the projectiles from the typhoons when we get strong winds than whatever projectiles Kim Jong Un says he will launch on Guam'.

To underscore the "locked and loaded" comment, Trump retweeted U.S. Pacific Command pictures of bombers on Guam.

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US.

Both Moscow and Berlin expressed alarm over the rise in rhetoric over North Korea.

Despite the heightened tensions, defence secretary James Mattis said the USA was committed to a peaceful solution.

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