Trump warns North Korea that USA is 'locked and loaded'

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

Xi warned that "concerned parties" should avoid "remarks and actions" that could escalate tensions with North Korea, according to the state-run New China News Agency.

In a statement Saturday, Macron said the situation "undermines the preservation of worldwide peace" and the North Korean regime "poses a serious threat to the security of its neighbors". "In front of this threat, the global community should act concretely, firmly and efficiently".

On July 4, after the North test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially strike the continental USA, leader Kim added a new caveat to his refusal to negotiate over its nukes or missiles.

And so North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper today claimed that more than 3 million residents of North Korea had volunteered to actually fight the United States and that all the people in North Korea are rising up across the country to retaliate against the United States thousands of times.

President Trump assured Mr Calvo that Guam is safe during a phone call.

President Trump has, again, asked the president of China, North Korea's most valuable trading partner, to step in and pressure Kim to negotiate.

The Donald Trump administration has declared an end to former President Barack Obama's strategy of using "strategic patience" in dealing with Pyongyang. Also something that's interesting is that in their readout, the White House referred to a good chemistry going on between President Trump and Xi.

The North Korean army on Wednesday doubled down on its Tuesday remarks that they were considering a strike against US territory, Guam.

But if it does launch Hwasong-12 missiles to within 30-40 kilometers (18-24 miles) of the US territory's shores, its stated goal, it would by any measure be an exceptionally provocative move. "This is tragicomedy of its own making". USA officials said there was no major movement of US military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war. "They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before". Officials called them successes, but critics say they don't replicate actual conditions close enough to be a fair gauge.

In this image made from video people read newspapers displayed on the street in Pyongyang North Korea Friday Aug. 11 2017. Despite tensions and talk of war life on the streets of the North Korean capital Pyongyang remained calm

China Central Television on Saturday cited Xi as saying that Beijing and Washington are both interested in the denuclearization of the peninsula.

Each missile North Korea launches brings it closer to having a reliable nuclear force capable of striking the United States mainland, or its allies and military facilities in Asia.

Guam's Governor Eddie Baza Calvo posted an excerpt of his call with the president on Facebook.

"I wish there would be less partisanship up there, this is a time of threats to the United States", said Calvo.

On Friday, Japan's Defense Ministry said it was deploying four surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

United States president Donald Trump's "tough talk" to North Korea seems to have fallen on deaf ears as Pyongyang announced its new detailed plans for firing four ballistic missiles that would fly over Japan and land near the USA territory of Guam.

In a phone call that was made public, Trump sought to reassure the governor of Guam about the island's safety, after North Korea announced plans to fire missiles near the Pacific territory. Trump's comments, however, do not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remains open.

"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the USA because of the military", she said.

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