War of Words Heats Up between President Trump and North Korea

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump told reporters that North Korea should stop threatening the United States, otherwise Washington will answer with "fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen".

The leaders also discussed the need to confront the "increasingly risky situation" with Pyongyang's destabilizing behavior.

The statement said that the United States and allies were ready to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic, and military measures to end any threat.

And that doesn't mean talk hasn't been tough - the USA has been speaking forcefully to North Korea all this time, said Ellen Tauscher, former US under secretary of state for arms control and worldwide security under President Barack Obama . Just as we reach the 72nd anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Trump is making thinly veiled threats to again use USA nuclear weapons if North Korea continues the same behavior.

Earlier in the day, Trump issued his sternest warning yet, saying the military is "locked and loaded" to respond to any provocation from North Korea .

During a call Saturday morning (local time, Friday night time american), Mr. Xi has called on the parties to the "restraint" and to "persist in the general direction of the dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement", said chinese State television CCTV.

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That prompted Trump to reassure citizens of the USA territory that the American military was prepared to ensure their safety.

Xi Jinping, the leader of North Korea's key ally China, urged Trump on Saturday to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions, after the USA leader ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the Stalinist regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States.

"Force has always been an option, but it has always been the last option, not the first", Soderberg said.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the military is ready to counter the threat from North Korea, but also said the effort is being "diplomatically led".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will do everything he can to protect the Japanese people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam. "I think they can become even better", he says, according to the same source.

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