Trump, Xi agree North Korea must stop its provocations: WH

Trump, on holiday at his New Jersey, golf resort, again referred to North Korea’s leader in his latest bombastic remarks.

Previously accused by Mr Trump of not doing enough to rein in the authoritarian regime, China voted in favour of a series of wide-sweeping UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea last weekend.

Donald Trump told the governor of Guam that the threat of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea will make tourism “go up like 10-fold with the expenditure of no money so I congratulate you”.

“You know what I can say?”

Tensions between the US and North Korea ratcheted up on Friday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on military threats.

Rest assured, the country’s defense systems are “locked and loaded” should the budding nuclear power “act unwisely”, according to our Commander-in-Chief. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!“.

Soon after the United Nations resolution, North Korea accused the USA of “trying to drive the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war”, according to reports.

Editorial warns that China would seek to stop US and South Korea from any effort at regime change in Pyongyang.

“We’re too close for comfort”, says Francesca Ballendorf, a longtime Guamanian.

“If somebody else uttered the exact same words that I uttered, they’d say, “What a great statement, what a wonderful statement”. Trump responded by vowing to rain down “fire and fury” if challenged.

But in a pointed warning that China may not back its old Korean War ally, a state-run newspaper said Friday that Beijing should not intervene on Pyongyang’s side if it triggered a conflict. A war would be “catastrophic”, he said.

Even as his administration fails to score any major legislative victories while in office, it’s not all bad news for Trump: business is booming at his newest hotel in Washington, D.C., particularly among those looking to rub elbows with Trump’s inner circle.

These include two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches in July that are believed to have brought much of the USA mainland within North Korea’s striking range.

The regime was further angered by last week’s United Nations decision to increase economic sanctions against it.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range “Hwasong-12” missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang.

There has been no indication that any actual attack on the Pacific island is imminent.

Yesterday, Trump signaled that he was purposefully trying to send a strong message to North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il.

Media captionThe BBC’s Robin Brant asks those in the South Korean capital, Seoul: “Are you scared?”

“While standing by 24 hours in preparation for a launch, we are calling on our residents to be on alert in case we issue emergency information”, Makoto Ebuchi added.

But restraint was not the word of the day on Friday as Trump sent out a cascade of unscripted statements, including what appeared to be another red line – the mere utterance of threats – that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and “big, big trouble” for Kim.