Daily life in North Korea

Trump, who has pressed China to help rein in its ally Kim Jong-un, spoke with President Xi Jinping by telephone last night.

North Korea took its turn Saturday in the country’s escalating, back-and-fourth with President Trump with the state-run newspaper saying leader Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the USA wants”.

The problem is that the Chinese fear the collapse of the regime – with the specter of 20 million refugees streaming toward China and USA forces on its border – more than it fears a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons. North Korea depends on China for the bulk of its food, fuel and access to the global financial system.

Trump also sought to dispel the notion that his administration was speaking in different voices on North Korea: “There were no mixed messages”.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi “agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior”. After Mr. Trump was criticized for his saying North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” unlike the world had ever seen, he later doubled down on his remarks a day later, saying perhaps they weren’t tough enough. “Is the US gonna go to war?” DPRK stands for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

China pleaded with the United States and North Korea to tone down their fiery rhetoric on Friday as concerns grew that Pyongyang’s rogue arms program could trigger a catastrophic conflict.

In the escalating war of words with the United States, North Korea has threatened to launch four missiles over Japan to waters around Guam, where a key USA military base is located.

President Donald Trump has warned North Korea to expect “big, big trouble” if anything happens to the USA territory of Guam.

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by Japanese news outlets as saying Thursday that his country was “ready to deal with any contingency just in case”, but declined to answer whether it would intercept North Korean missiles.

The North’s official KCNA news service, for its part, accused Trump in an editorial of “driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war”, calling the U.S. “the heinous nuclear war fanatic”. During informal Track II meetings with US representatives, however, North Korean officials repeatedly raised the fates of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi, both of whom were toppled by USA -backed uprisings after abandoning their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“Pyongyang understands that if it launches a nuclear missile this would risk provoking nuclear war”.

Trump declared yesterday that the US military was “locked and loaded should North Korea act unwisely”. “Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!” he tweeted.

A US Air Force B-1B bomber prepared to take off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in August.

But it also said that if the USA and South Korea attacked North Korea to force regime change, then China must intervene to prevent it. Germany has also expressed alarm.

“I don’t see a military solution and I don’t think it’s called for”, Merkel said Friday, calling on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the crisis.