Trump says military option against North Korea locked, loaded

Isaac Cain
August 11, 2017

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely", Trump tweeted on Friday.

"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the USA retaliates, China will stay neutral", the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial. Earlier this week, Mr. Trump threatened "fire and fury" against North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S. On Thursday, he wondered if his statement was not tough enough.

Trump has attempted to leverage China, North Korea's only major ally, to apply more economic pressure on the isolated regime. He did not comment on whether the considering a pre-emptive strike on North Korea. -South Korea military exercises will continue. Hours later, state media in North Korea reported that its leaders were seriously considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", Trump said.

Trump said earlier this week Kim was not going to get away with his "horrific" comments and disrespecting America.

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The threat itself came after Trump made his "fire and fury" warning, urging North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Trump's tweet and statements to reporters on Thursday came from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on what the White House called a working vacation at his private golf club.

Meanwhile, China urged Washington and Pyongyang to calm but warned through Global Times that Beijing will remain neutral if the United States is attacked and decides to launch a counterattack.

Trump's comments followed a North Korean claim over state television that it was preparing to fire four missiles towards the U.S. strategic island Guam.

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