Trump warns NKorea that United States is 'locked and loaded'

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Cicilline urged the Trump administration to exhaust all diplomatic options before resorting to military force.

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.

President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and national security adviser H.R. McMaster listen at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

The letter was sent hours after President Trump declared on Twitter that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Trump was referring to the fact that China helps prop up the Kim Jong Un regime economically by taking in North Korea exports. "The previous three presidents were not able to find an adequate solution [to the North Korea crisis], so he can't be blamed for all this".

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Cicilline said Trump "has made a unsafe situation even worse by recklessly asserting that the United States is "locked and loaded" to bring "fire and fury" to North Korea".

Both China and Russian Federation joined with the U.S.to approve the new economic sanctions on North Korea, New York Magazine reported.

So far, however, America's allies have been slow to react to North Korea's aggressive nuclear ambitions. State-run media ensures that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but doesn't convey any sense of global concern about the situation.

"We just didn't do it in public", she said. Particularly, Klingner told TheBlaze, South Korea and Japan are anxious about the "direction of US policy" and "the manner in which it will be carried out".

However, despite the rhetorical similarities between the "rain of ruin" and the "fire and fury", presidential historians like Michael Beschloss say Trump's language has been unusually harsh considering the context, noting that President John F. Kennedy's statements during the Cuban Missile Crisis were more muted and that President Dwight D. Eisenhower made a point of not matching the provocative tone of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

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