Trump warns: military solutions locked and loaded

World | 11 Aug 2017 10:41 pm

President Donald Trump tweeted today that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded” if North Korea acts "unwisely,” escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war. Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the U.S. territory of Guam. (pictured, Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang)

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” His tweet caps off a week of war rhetoric that has alarmed international leaders.

"I don’t see a military solution and I don’t think it’s called for,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel declined to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S. in case of a military conflict with North Korea. She called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the issue.

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer,” she added.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, estimated the risk of a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea as "very high,” and said Moscow was deeply concerned.-AP

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