President Donald Trump issued a new warning on Friday stating that U.S. plans for military action against North Korea are “locked and loaded.” Hardening his stance against North Korea in the escalation of tough talk, Trump warned that actions would be taken if the country acts “unwisely!”
In his war on words, via a Twitter post on Friday, Trump urged the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to “find another path” amid escalating tensions on both sides of the Pacific. The Tweet would come on the heels of Kim Jong-un’s threat to target the US Pacific territory of Guam.
Trump later retweeted a message from the U.S. Pacific Command’s official Twitter account, stating that “#USAF B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so.”
Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong-un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
— U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) August 11, 2017
The U.S. military in the region surrounding the Korean Peninsula always remains prepared with both defensive and offensive capabilities, should North Korea launch an attack. “Ready to fight tonight,” is their motto.
The Pacific Island of Guam is home to the US air Force’s Andersen air base
The warring words escalating into a volley of bullying rhetoric has prompted concern and fears of imminent war in the Korean Peninsula.
Military analysts and defense officials perceive any new conflict with North Korea would likely escalate into the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War II.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalated on Friday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on military threats.
North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency was quick to call the White House “warmongers” unaware of the fact that even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of a new world war, “a thermonuclear war.”
In a statement responding to escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, Pyongyang said, “We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to jelly any time.”
On Friday, a Chinese state-run media suggested China would remain neutral if North Korea strikes first in a conflict with the US, despite a mutual defense pact with North Korea. The imminent watch sounded an alarm for Pyongyang over its threats to fire missiles near the U. S. Pacific territory of Guam.
Trump’s latest tweets were posted hours after Chinese state-run newspaper said China should remain neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
The White House has accused China of complacency in not being proactive in reigning in its long-standing ally—stating that political dialogue, thus far is likely the most reasonable solution.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rejecting a military solution to the North Korean crisis—called for resolving tensions, in the escalation in language between the U.S. and North Korea.
“An escalation of the language is for me the wrong response,” Merkel said on Friday.
“I also don’t see a military solution to the conflict and do not consider it necessary.”
Amid the hostilities between countries, Merkel called for all sides to the crisis, including the U.S., South Korea, and Japan to work closely together with the UN.
Merkel’s comments were in response to Trump’s rhetoric on Thursday against North Korea. At the time President Trump said his earlier threat to unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it launched an attack might not have been tough enough.
North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner China, has repeatedly called for calm during the crisis between North Korea and the U.S.
Amid the building tensions, Beijing expressed concern and frustrations with both Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests, to include South Korea and the U.S., military drills, which bring about more tension.
Earlier this week, Trump said Kim Jong-un was not going to get away with his “horrific” comments by disrespecting America.
“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before, what will happen in North Korea,” Trump told reporters from the steps of his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday.
Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters the United States still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat and that a war would be catastrophic.
Asked if the United States was ready if North Korea made a hostile act, he said: “We are ready.”
On Friday, the Kremlin also weighed in—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang was “going over the top.”
By LeNora Millen 08-11-17