President Trump suggested Friday that U.S. military forces are standing by to attack North Korea — and warned Kim Jong Un not to threaten the U.S. or its allies.
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump tweeted Friday, referencing North Korea’s leader.
He didn’t indicate what would constitute an unwise act, though he later offered a partial explanation of potential triggers.
“What I said is what I mean,” he told reporters from his vacation in New Jersey in the afternoon.
“This man will not get away with what he is doing,” he said, referring to Kim.
“If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or an America ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.”
The President’s morning tweet came about an hour after North Korea sent out its latest shot in a mounting war of words.
“Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war,’” the state-run KCNA said Friday morning, using the abbreviated North Korean government name.
When a reporter noted that the North Korean military has issued several threats that it would attack the U.S. in recent days, Trump noted that Kim himself has not been heard from.
“Let me hear Kim Jong Un say it. He’s not saying it. He hasn’t been saying much for the last three days. You let me hear him say it,” Trump said.
Despite increasing worries of violence, the Associated Press reported Friday that the Trump administration and Pyongyang have actually been involved in backchannel diplomacy for months.
Those negotiations between U.S. North Korea envoy Joseph Yun and North Korean diplomat Pak Song Il have included securing the release of imprisoned American student Otto Warmbier, who died after coming back to the U.S. in June.
They have also reportedly discussed the countries’ overall relationship.
In public, the President and North Korea have traded rhetoric for several days and fears of a war continue to grow.
On Tuesday, he warned North Korea it faced the “fire and fury” of the American arsenal should it attack U.S. soil.
But the North Korean government has laughed that off, suggesting Trump has gone senile and golfs too much and repeating threats to launch a missile at the waters near Guam — a U.S. territory in the Western Pacific.
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
So the President fired back that his tough talk wasn’t “tough enough.”
“North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble,” Trump said Thursday.
This week’s verbal salvos came after the Washington Post reported that U.S. analysts believe the hermetic nation has shrunk a nuclear weapon to fit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, which it successfully launched in July.
On Friday, Russia’s top diplomat said the risk of war is “very high” as the nations traded their latest salvo.
“When it comes close to fight, the one who is stronger and wiser should be the first to step back from the brink,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
Trump said he’d be speaking to the Chinese president Friday night.
“Hopefully it’ll all work out,” Trump said. “Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you.”
The President also phoned the governor of Guam to assure him that the territory is safe.
“Don’t worry about a thing,” Trump told Gov. Eddie Calvo in a video Calvo posted on Facebook. “I have to say, Eddie, you’re going to become extremely famous. All over the world they’re talking about Guam and they’re talking about you.
“And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you,” Trump added.
With News Wire Services
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