Trump: Military ‘Locked And Loaded’ If North Korea Missteps

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President Donald Trump issued another strong warning to North Korea Friday.

The military option is “locked and loaded” if North Korea makes an unwise decision, Trump tweeted.

North Korea has been especially provocative in recent months, testing a series of new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range missiles. The intercontinental ballistic missile tested twice in July is believed to have the ability to strike American cities across the continental U.S. Over the past week, North Korea has signaled its intentions to fire intermediate-range ballistic missiles towards Guam, home to numerous U.S. strategic military assets.

Trump has responded to North Korea’s threats with his own fiery rhetoric. Friday’s tweet follows several additional warnings from the president to the North Koreans.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” the president declared before the White House press pool Tuesday. “They will be met with the fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

“[Kim Jong Un] has been pushing the world around for a long time,” the president told reporters Thursday.

“If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” he explained. “They should be very nervous. Things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”

“Let’s see what he does with Guam,” Trump told reporters, referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. If he attacks Guam, it will be “an event the likes of which nobody’s ever seen before” in North Korea.”

“It’s not a dare, it’s a statement,” the president added.

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