U.S. President Donald Trump continued his tough talk on North Korea on Friday, saying Kim Jong Un would quickly regret any attacks on the U.S. or Guam.
Speaking once again from his golf club in Bedminster New Jersey, Trump reiterated that threats against the U.S. would not be tolerated.
“If he utters one threat in form of overt threat — which by the way he’s been uttering for years — or if he does anything with Guam or American territory or ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast,” the U.S. president said.
Trump also commented on his previous “locked and loaded” comments, saying their meaning was “pretty obvious”. But the U.S. president would not elaborate on military specifics, or on reports concerning the U.S. maintaining a diplomatic back-channel with North Korea via the UN in New York.
President Trump dismissed criticisms that his tough rhetoric could be fuelling tensions, saying that “tens of millions” in the U.S. were happy someone was standing up for America and its allies.
The remarks are the latest in a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, which began with the U.S. President warning North Korea it would be met with “fire and fury” should it threaten the United States.
North Korea responded to the saber rattling with threats of its own, claiming numerous times it was drawing up plans to attack Guam, where U.S. military assets and missile defense systems are stationed.
Other countries have since weighed on the escalating tensions. Earlier on Friday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the rhetoric was now “over the top” and the risk of military conflict very high.
Beijing also commented on military outcomes via its semi-official outlet the Global Times. According to an editorial published on Friday, China would not intervene in a conflict if North Korea attacked the U.S., though would respond if Washington struck first.
“If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” it said,” an article reads.
Both Beijing and Moscow have called for the U.S. and North Korea to agree to a suspension for suspension proposal, which would see Pyongyang freeze its weapons programs in exchange for Washington halting its combined military drills.
But neither country has shown much interest in the proposal, with the U.S. aiming for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the DPRK claiming it would not negotiate away its nuclear weapons.
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