US on North Korea Face-Off: 'Locked and Loaded'
By Mei Manuel, August 12, 2017 22:08 PM
On Friday, President Donald Trump has released another statement in response to the North Korea's recent statement that Trump is the one driving the region into nuclear war.
According to Trump, the US military is ready and "locked and loaded" in the event North Korea intends to confront the US and its allies. The Pentagon has also supported this statement, stressing that both the US and South Korea will be proceeding with its scheduled joint military exercises in the next 10 days.
For China, Russia and Germany, the ongoing word war between the two countries is alarming and has expressed for a peaceful solution to the issue.
China's President Xi Jinping has already spoken to Trump on Friday night regarding the issue and both have reiterated their commitment to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The White House also stressed that: "President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior." The statement also added that the relationship between both the two nations is "an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem."
Both leaders have also agreed that the recent UN Security Council resolution on North Korea was a critical step to achieve peace and stability in the region.
According to the Chinese state media, Xi told Trump that the North Korean issue requires a peaceful resolution through talks and urged both sides to exercise restraint and stop any action that would trigger tensions.
Trump is currently vacationing in his golf resort in New Jersey and had recently tweeted regarding North Korea's recent remarks: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely."
"Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" he further tweets
When asked about what he meant, Trump simply said that the meaning is already very clear and further adds: "If he utters one threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast."
Trump has also met up with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and remarked that the North Korea was "very dangerous and it will not continue."
Trump also added. "We will see what happens. We think that lots of good things could happen, and we could also have a bad solution."
Although Trump has remarked a strong stance over the North Korea issue, he has reiterated that he also supports a very peaceful solution to the issue. He also believed that the country's allies - South Korea and Japan - are very happy with how he is handling the issue.
Trump's remarks are in light of the announcement of North Korea's state news agency KCNA which said: "Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war" and the warning posted by the Guam government regarding any potential attack by North Korea, who had earlier threatened the area that it can fire its missiles in the area.
Stronger sanctions are also being considered regarding the North Korea issue, but Trump did not elaborate further if these sanctions are unilateral in nature or multilateral.
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