Trump Again Escalates War of Words With N. Korea

He says US is 'locked and loaded' if the North 'acts unwisely'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2017 8:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump issued one more provocative threat to North Korea Friday morning: "Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely," he tweeted. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" The tweet comes after a Chinese newspaper warned both countries to avoid a pre-emptive strike on the other. It also follows Trump's meeting with national security officials on Thursday and a doubling down on his earlier "fire and fury" warning.

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Friday's tweet, then, marks the president's third threat this week to strike North Korea, notes the New York Times, though the newspaper adds that no signs on the ground point to "imminent action." North Korea, however, has said it is working on a plan to land missiles near the US territory of Guam. About an hour before Trump's tweet, state media in Pyongyang complained that Trump is "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war," reports the Wall Street Journal. A separate article warned that even a "single shell" dropped by the US could lead to "thermonuclear war." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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