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Trump: U.S. 'Locked And Loaded' For North Korean Threat

| by Michael Doherty
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President Donald Trump has issued another warning to North Korea, saying that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" if the situation escalates.

Trump tweeted out the message from his golf club in New Jersey, where he is taking a "working vacation," according to the Daily Mail.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," tweeted the president. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

He also retweeted a post from U.S. Pacific Command regarding bombers that could be used to retaliate in the event of a North Korean attack on Guam.

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"B-1B Lancer #Bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FlightTonight mission if called upon to do so," read the tweet.

Trump had previously warned North Korea that they would be met with "fire and fury" if they continued to threaten the U.S., according to CNN.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," said Trump in remarks during a meeting about opioid abuse.

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"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen ... [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before."

Trump has said that his comments on North Korea were "not a dare," but a "statement."

"If he does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen in North Korea," Trump said on Aug. 10.

"He's not going to go around threatening Guam and he's not going to threaten the United States and he's not going to threaten Japan, and he's not going to threaten South Korea," said Trump.

North Korea issued its own statement about the situation.

"Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, making such outcries as 'The U.S. will not rule out a war against the DPRK,'" the statement said. "All these facts go to prove that the U.S. is, indeed, the mastermind of the nuclear threat, the heinous nuclear war fanatics."

After Trump's "fire and fury" comments made headlines, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said he took issue with them.

"I take exception to the President's comments, because you've got to be sure that you can do what you say you're going to do," said the senator. "The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not so sure President Trump is ready to act."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that there was no sign the threat level from North Korea had risen.

"Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours," said Tillerson. The secretary of state added that "Americans should sleep well at night."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN (2) / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Driver Photographer/Flickr

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