Xi calls for calm after Trump says U.S. is 'locked and loaded'

Marco Green
August 13, 2017

Residents of Guam have been issued with advice on what to do if North Korea launches an attack.

Trump's comments followed a North Korean claim over state television that it was preparing to fire four missiles towards the U.S. strategic island Guam.

The president's message triggered another round of groans from the media and establishment national security community, particularly from former President Barack Obama's staff.

Military officials will move ahead with planned drills between the US and South Korea.

Calvo and Trump have discussed the North Korea crisis, with the president pledging to deploy forces that would ensure its territory is safe and secure.

"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.

The editorial appears to be in response to a series of comments made by Trump in recent days, most recently Friday that the United States is "locked and loaded".

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".

Mr Trump has been engaged all week in verbal sparring with the North over its weapons and missile programmes, as U.S. media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised a nuclear warhead.

But it also said that if the US and South Korea attacked North Korea to force regime change, then China must intervene to prevent it.

"Hopefully they (North Korea) will understand exactly what I said and the meaning of those words".

China, North Korea's biggest ally and trade partner, has been voicing concern at the mounting exchanges and a state-run newspaper suggested that Beijing should stay neutral if Pyongyang struck the USA first. President Donald Trump responded by escalating the rhetoric.

North Korea raised hackles in the United States when it announced a detailed plan to send four missiles over Japan and towards Guam, an island territory in Pacific Ocean of some 165,000 people, where some 6,000 U.S. soldiers are based.

Long standing tensions between the country have been rising ever since North Korea tested two intercontinental missiles in July. "Is the US gonna go to war?" North Korea threated to launch an attack on the US territory of Guam, while Trump vowed to deliver "fire and fury" if threatened. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of USA forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

Pyongyang, however, said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile at USA forces in Guam, some 3,200km from North Korea. He also brushed away calls for caution from world leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel.

President Emmanuel Macron and Mr Trump spoke on Saturday. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

"You know what I can say?"

Tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to increase when Seoul and Washington launch major military joint exercises, and the next is set to kick off around 21 August.

"We call on the relevant parties to be cautious with their words and actions, and contribute more toward easing tensions and enhancing mutual trust", Geng said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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