Donald Trump warns North Korea that US is ‘locked and loaded’


US president continues to escalate threats at North Korea over Twitter during ‘working vacation’ but no troops have been put on higher alert or redeployed

Donald Trump kept up his brinksmanship on North Korea with a morning tweet that US military options were “locked and loaded” for use if Pyongyang “acted unwisely”.

There was no change in US deployments in the region or a change in the alert status of US forces. Speaking to reporters earlier, the defence secretary, James Mattis, said a conflict on the Korean peninsula would be “catastrophic” and stressed that US diplomats should take the lead in resolving the crisis. 

Mattis pointed to a UN security council vote on the weekend for more sanctions on North Korea as a sign that diplomacy was making progress.

However, Trump sent out the new tweet at about 7.30am from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, that put the emphasis back on the use of force.

It continued a war of words between the president and North Korea that ignited on Tuesday when Trump, following reports of a breakthrough in Pyongyang’s weapons progamme, threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if the regime continued to threatened the US.

The Guardian