On August 11th, President Trump sent another threat to North Korea stating the United States military was “locked and loaded” after Pyongyang said Trump was driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.
According to the Pentagon; the U.S. and S. Korea will move forward as planned with a joint military exercise in 10 days. Earlier this week President Trump tweeted: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
President Trump’s tweet appeared right after the North Korean state news agency, KCNA, put out a statement blaming him for the boiling tensions.
“Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, making such outcries as ‘the U.S. will not rule out a war against the DPRK (North Korea),'” KCNA said.
Russia, China and Germany expressed their concerns over the escalating tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.
The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Lavrov asked Pyongyang and Washington to sign a previous Russian-Chinese agreement which calls for North Korea to stop missile testing and the United States and South Korea to stop large-scale military exercises. Both the U.S. and N. Korea have disagreed.
According to Lavrov, the risks of military conflict over N. Korea’s nuclear program is extremely high. Moscow is concerned by the threats from Pyongyang and Washington.
“Unfortunately, the rhetoric in Pyongyang and Washington is now starting to go over the top,” Lavrov said on live state television. “We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail.”
Tensions have escalated after N. Korea tested two nuclear bombs last year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, in defiance of world powers. President Donald Trump stated he will not permit Pyongyang to make a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the U.S.
On August 10th, KCNA stated the N. Korean army would finish plans in mid-August of firing four intermediate-range missiles over Japan, landing in the sea, 18 to 25 miles from Guam. The United States Pacific island territory houses a U.S. air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group as well as approximately 6,000 United States military personnel.
United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is meeting with President Trump and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in Bedminster on August 11th.