Trump: US 'locked and loaded' against North Korea

Trump: US 'locked and loaded' against North Korea
From Al Jazeera - August 11, 2017

US President Donald Trump is hardening his stand against North Korea in an escalating war of words, warning that military solutions are now "locked and loaded" if the country acts "unwisely".

In his latest post on social media on Friday, Trump wrote that he hopes "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would find another path", after threatening earlier this week to target the US territory of Guam.

It was the latest in a volley of rhetoric which has prompted fears of a breakout of war in the Korean Peninsula.

Defence officials and military analysts say any new conflict with North Koreawould likely escalate to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War II.

On Thursday, Trump said that "maybe" his statement to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea "was not tough enough".

He said the communist state had been "getting away with a tragedy that ca not be allowed".

"They have been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries," he warned.

Earlier, North Korea's state media said "only absolute force can work" on Trump.


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