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Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

United States is 'locked and loaded', says Trump on North Korea confrontation

United States is 'locked and loaded', says Trump on North Korea confrontation

Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo, said late Wednesday during an interview on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" with fill-in host Brian Kilmeade: "As far as I'm concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam, attacks Honolulu, attacks the West Coast, that they will be met with hell and fury".

It highlights an interesting feature of South Korea, a strong USA ally, trading partner and fellow democracy where there can seem to be as much, maybe more, worry about Trump's unpredictable style of leadership as there is about archrival North Korea.

"Moon has talked about how South Korea should be in the driver's seat when it comes to dealing with North Korea, but that clearly was just rhetoric", Choi Do-hyun, a 39-year-old office worker in Seoul, said in an interview.

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.

Guam officials are disseminating fact sheets to help residents prepare for a possible missile attack from North Korea.

Young graduate Choe Kyong Song says North Koreans don't want war, but then went on to repeat the kind of bold rhetoric that authorities favor - the idea that any conflict with the USA would result in North Korean victory and the reunification of Korea.

Trump furthered the rhetoric on Friday, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded" to deal with the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

Life on the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, also remained calm.

North Korea threatened to attack Guam after President Trump offered a short and stern warning against any such action against the United States.

Asked later by reporters to explain the remark, Trump said: "Those words are very, very easy to understand".

Tensions between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States escalated this week amid increasingly heated rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

As it is, the USA has a robust military presence in the region, including six B-1 bombers in Guam and Air Force fighter jet units in South Korea, plus other assets across the Pacific Ocean and in the skies above.

North Korea has vowed that the new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, and that it would never negotiate it away. USA bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula several times to show American strength after Pyongyang's missile tests. "But right now, I can tell you, in Guam, our flights are arriving from South Korea and Japan ..." "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

"We know that it's serious", Austin J. Shelton III, a marine biologist and the executive director of the Center for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam said in the Times article. On Friday, he veered from North Korea to comments on politics. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

In remarks to reporters after a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Trump said the situation with North Korea was "very unsafe and it will not continue".

"We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail."The annual joint US-South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman".

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