Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters the United States still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat and that a war would be “catastrophic”.
Mr Trump has warned North Korea it faces “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continues to threaten the USA with missiles, and issued similar threats after provocations from Pyongyang that included a claim it was planning a strike on Guam.
It would take around 14 minutes for a North Korean missile to arrive in the area, officials in Guam said on Friday, as they discussed their plan to use sirens to alert the public in the event of a launch toward the island.
“The Chinese side hopes all related parties will exercise caution in their words and actions and make greater efforts to alleviate the tense situation and enhance mutual trust, while not traveling the old path of making displays of strength and constantly exacerbating the situation”, he said.
Tensions between the USA and North Korea ratcheted up on Friday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on military threats.
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Some see Trump waging a game of chicken against North Korea, assuming that Kim will back down if his nation’s existence is threatened by American military might. According to the Korean Central News Agency, the latest launch on July 28 was successful, and the missile reached the altitude of 3,725 kilometers and traveled 998 kilometers, for about 47 minutes, before falling into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea threatens to “annihilate” America with a missile strike. The missile defense program is meant to shoot down shorter range missiles.
But the president’s rhetoric appeared to have little effect, with North Korean state media quoting Kim as calling Trump “bereft of reason” and talking a “load of nonsense”.
A war between the USA and North Korea would be disastrous for the region.
North Korea has laid out plans to strike the United States island territory and major military hub of Guam in the Pacific.
But the US announced Friday it will carry out its annual joint military exercises with South Korea later this month. Pacific territory of Guam. He added saying China is ready to pay the price, however, the aim of such sanctions should be to bring North Korea to the negotiating table. On Tuesday, he said North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” and then Friday morning, he tweeted that the military solutions are “locked and loaded“.
On Friday, Mr Trump issued a fresh threat against North Korea, saying it should expect “big, big trouble” if anything happened to Guam.
“At the same time, if the USA strikes first and starts war on the Korean Peninsula, China and other countries, including Russia, Japan and South Korea, will be against it”.