Trump Says Us Military "Locked & Loaded"

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Added On August 12, 2017

First to the latest on tensions in the Korean Peninsula.
 
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a new threat to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK, saying the U.S. military is "locked and loaded".
 
The latest development came after the DPRK accused U.S. and Japan of strengthening their military alliance.
 
Trump tweeted Friday, quote: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," and quote.
 
Trump's warning came after the DPRK accused the U.S. and Japan of reckless behavior.
 
The Korean Central News Agency says the DRPK will prepare a plan by mid-August to strike the U.S. territory of Guam with intermediate missiles.
 
Trump's words on Friday were the latest in a series of warnings made this week against the DPRK.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): DONALD TRUMP, US President
"I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean. So hopefully they?ˉre understood exactly what I said and the meaning of those words. Those words are very, very easy to understand."
 
Trump also referred to the DPRK's President Kim Jong Un.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): DONALD TRUMP, US President
"If he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that?ˉs an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast."
 
Trump had already escalated his response on Thursday, saying his previous warning "wasn't tough enough."
 
But top U.S. officials have been trying to play down the growing tensions.
 
And U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday it was time to lower tensions after a week of heightening escalation. 
 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also warned of the risk of military confrontation between the U.S. and the DRPK. But he said Russia hopes common sense will prevail.
 
China on Friday also called on the U.S. and the DPRK to refrain from flaunting power and raising tension on the Korean Peninsula.