Trump issues warning to North Korea, tweets 'military solutions are in place'

13 Août, 2017, 07:30 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
  • Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

"Hopefully it will all work out", Trump said Friday.

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", Merkel said Friday, calling on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the crisis.

When asked today whether his bombastic comments were undermining attempts to reach a solution, Mr Trump said: "My critics are only saying that because it's me".

New United Nations sanctions condemning the North's rapidly developing nuclear programme drew fresh anger and threats from Pyongyang.

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"Guam is the largest island between Hawaii and the Philippines and it has a natural deep seawater port", says Robert Underwood, former Guam delegate to the U.S. Congress and current president at the University of Guam.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis tempered Trump's harsh words later by telling reporters the United States still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat. "Lie flat on the ground and cover your head".

North Korea. The DPRK maintains an immense amount of artillery along its border with South Korea.

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", he said. "Is the U.S. gonna go to war?" "But he's now foreign minister, he's got to follow the party line".

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He also said he would prefer no nuclear weapons and the complications they or their pursuit present in North Korea, Pakistan and Iran.

"You know what, that could looks so beautiful to me", Trump said. He also retweeted a US Pacific Command message that said US planes stand ready to "fulfill a #FightTonight mission".

On Thursday 10 August, the Chinese state-run Global Times said: "If North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral".

Tension in the region has risen since the reclusive North staged two nuclear bomb tests last year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers.

"Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula", it cited Xi as saying.

Washington wants to stop Pyongyang from developing nuclear missiles that could hit the US. North Korea has always viewed the training as preparation for war.

Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm.

"Those words are very, very easy to understand".

In case North Korea attacked the US Pacific military bases, NATO countries will not be automatically involved in the conflict on the current legal basis, a NATO official told TASS on Friday.