The situation with North Korea is Obama's fault as well as Trump's

The situation with North Korea is Obama's fault as well as Trump's

The situation with North Korea is Obama's fault as well as Trump's

The already high tensions on the Korean Peninsula spiked further this week as the North threatened to fire missiles into waters around Guam, a key strategic point for the US military where some of its strategic weapons are deployed, including B-1B and B-52 strategic bombers and the THAAD missile defense system.

Trump on Friday said the USA military was "locked and loaded" and warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would "regret it fast" if he endangered the US or its allies.

In another statement, the White House said Trump spoke with Guam Governor EddieCalvo.

Rice told CNN that despite the president's provocative language, the White House policy of deterrence differs little from that of previous administrations and is appropriate to the threat posed by North Korea's continued nuclear progress, weapons testing and verbal threats of taking military action.

President Trump says North Korea "better get their act together" or they will be in trouble "like few nations have ever been". "That's common sense. That's deterrence".

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

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

Mr Trump said the United States could impose further sanctions, "as strong as they get", on North Korea.

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", Merkel said Friday, calling on the United Nations.

Donald Trump has warned North Korea it could face even more than "fire and fury" if it continues to escalate tensions with the U.S. - telling the hermit state it should be "very, very nervous".

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

But the Chinese foreign ministry said Xi urged Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would "exacerbate" the already-tense situation, exercise restraint and seek a political settlement. Pacific territory of Guam.

Last month for the first time, North Korea successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the continental United States, and analysts have said it may be able to miniaturize warheads that could fit on such missiles.

"I don't tell the enemy in advance what I'm going to do", Mattis said.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, said earlier this week that Tokyo "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea and the country's military, will "take necessary measures" to protect itself.

"North Korea must make the right choice now and go for denuclearization", Cho added, suggesting the door for dialogue remains open between the two countries.

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