Trump Says Military Option Against North Korea 'Locked And Loaded'

Tensions between the US and North Korea ratcheted up on Friday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on military threats. "We want to talk about a country that has misbehaved for many many years, decades actually, through numerous administrations and they didn't want to take on the issue and I had no choice but to take it on, and I'm taking it on", he said. The call marked the first time the two spoke since North Korea threatened the island.

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The document, called "In Case of Emergency - Preparing for Imminent Missile Threat" was released by the Homeland Security Department and included several ominous warnings: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you".

The US president has progressively ramped up the tone throughout the week and yesterday declared that the US military is "locked and loaded".

NICK SCHIFRIN: Meanwhile, on the streets of Pyongyang, this is the season of steadfast support.

He urged Kim not to act "unwisely" and to choose "another path".

North Korea's state media said the missiles would be fired "to signal a crucial warning to the United States".

MAN (through interpreter): Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy, bereft of reason, who is going senile.

He took to Twitter to attack despot leader Kim Jong-un, who announced this week he was planning to attack the United States territory of Guam.

Mr Calvo has spent most of the week assuring Guam's 160,000 residents of their safety despite the threats.

WOMAN: It's actually been scary since yesterday.

Speaking to Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, he promised: "You are safe".

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".

Meanwhile talks between senior U.S. and North Korean diplomats continue through a back channel previously used to negotiate the return of Americans held in North Korea.

NICK SCHIFRIN: ... is music to Kim Jong-un's ears.

He said the communist state had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed".

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said.

But that only works if everyone is on the same page.

"Now, of course, China is the only ally that North Korea has, but China has now agreed to tougher United Nations sanctions against North Korea, which means it will no longer be importing coal, iron, lead and seafood".

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