U.S. arsenal ‘locked and loaded,’ Trump warns North Korea

According to CBCNEWS

U.S. President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday, with a reference to American weapons as being “locked and loaded.”

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump tweeted a day after his defence secretary said the United States was ready to counter any threat from Pyongyang.

The remarks aimed at North Korea’s leader were the latest in an escalating war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, which, following its latest series of missile and nuclear weapon tests, recently threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam. North Korea has said plans to attack the western Pacific island, which is home to about 162,000 people and a major U.S. air force base, could be in place by mid-month.

The heightened military activity on the peninsula this time is a concern because it could increase the possibility of a mishap or an overreaction of some sort by either side that could spin into a more serious escalation. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for “decapitation strikes” to kill Kim Jong-un and his top lieutenants.

Earlier on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry called on all sides to speak and act with caution. Beijing hopes all sides can do more to help ease the present tense situation and increase mutual trust, rather than taking turns in shows of strength, the ministry said in a short statement on its website.