Trump says U.S. is 'locked and loaded' amid North Korea threat

Trump has warned North Korea it could be in trouble

Trump has warned North Korea it could be in trouble"like few nations have ever been Credit REUTERS Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump is warning of military action, saying the "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Trump added that he hopes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will find another path".

The "fire and fury" warning then prompted North Korea to threaten to attack Guam, a us territory in the western Pacific Ocean.

Earlier this week, Trump reacted to reports that North Korea had produced a compact nuclear warhead and warned the country they "will be met with fire and fury" if they carry out an attack.

His comments came just days after the president's sharpest rebuke, with Trump claiming on Thursday that "fire and fury" might not be "tough enough". Pacific territory of Guam.

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The tweet is a signal to Pyongyang that it needs to stand down and start the process of giving up its nuclear arms lest it persists on a path on which Secretary of Defense James Mattis promised would destroy North Korea.

The U.S. and South Korea are due to start joint military exercises from August 21, while Japanese and U.S. military personnel have begun drills on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido that run through August 28.

China's government, via state media, said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the US but would defend its neighbor if the USA were to strike first against Kim Jong Un. China, North Korea's only major ally, called on both countries to avoid the "old road" of escalating hostilities.

As North Korean ballistic missiles are liquid fueled, they take some time to prepare for launch, unlike solid fueled ICBMs deployed by the United States and Russian Federation that can be launched on command.

Asked if the United States was ready if North Korea made a hostile act, he said: "We are ready".

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