China cautions Trump over North Korea 'words and deeds'

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

South Korean shares fell to an 11-week low on Friday and the won extended this week's slide as President Donald Trump warned North Korea again not to strike Guam or USA allies.

Now Trump has reaffirmed his statement - and added that maybe it "wasn't tough enough".

He said that millions of Americans supported him because "finally we have a president that's sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies".

"Trump is escalating things", she says.

Having experienced a Japanese invasion in World War Two and countless earthquakes and super-typhoons, there was no United States community better prepared than Guam "for any contingency", Calvo, dressed in a light blue tropical shirt, said in an interview at his office. -South Korea drills begin.

He also chided the North's closest ally, China, saying it could do "a lot more".

It comes after Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" as well as tweeting that the USA was "locked and loaded".

The US is "the mastermind of nuclear threat, the heinous nuclear war fanatic", the report said.

After North Korea conducted a series of intercontinental missile tests last month, Trump made an off-the-cuff announcement that the US was ready to unleash "fire and fury".

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"China hopes that related parties will speak and act with caution, doing more to alleviate the tense situation and enhance mutual trust", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement on Friday. They haven't quelled tensions, but could be a foundation for a more diplomacy, according to USA officials and others briefed on the process.

If Pyongyang's confrontational rhetoric is little more than brazen attention-seeking, its motives are at least partly economic.

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Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL who is now the Republican governor of Missouri, said Friday on Fox News, "I'm very, very glad to see the president and secretary Mattis standing up strongly to these threats".

Trump's comments came as North Korea spurned a new round of sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council and pledged to continue to press forward with development of nuclear weapons that could reach the US mainland.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have recently intensified due to North Korea's multiple nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches conducted in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. First Mr. Trump vowed to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea if it threatened the US.

History has demonstrated that China will not sit out a war in the Korean peninsula, and USA allies South Korea and Japan will bear the brunt.

The Pentagon chief also said Pyongyang would be "grossly overmatched" in a war against the U.S. and its allies.

Trump said the United States would "always consider negotiations" with Pyongyang, but faulted three of his predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, on their approach to North Korea.

Guam, a tropical island more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people.

But dictator Kim Jong Un responded with more threats against the west, touching off a rhetorical escalation that culminated in Trump's warning this week that the rogue nation would be met with "fire and fury" if it tried to carry out its threats. It has a strategically located US air base, a Navy installation that includes a submarine squadron, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military service members.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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