Trump says USA is 'locked and loaded' amid North Korea threat

The escalation in rhetoric by Trump - which some US leaders and allies have criticized - comes as North Korea has stepped up its threats against the United States, including a potential missile launch landing near the USA territory of Guam.

"Fire and fury" has become "locked and loaded" as President Donald Trump's warnings against North Korea's threats to USA military installations and its nuclear ambitions continue.

The president said that the USA military is ready in a tweet and said he hopes North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, "will find another path".

The warnings from Trump come as China - North Korea's primary ally - issued a veiled warning to the U.S.

The US President's warning came hours after China appealed to the US and North Korea "to be cautious with their words and actions" amid heightened nuclear tensions.

Just a day earlier, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam.

"It's about time someone stood up for the people of our country", he added.


Tensions between the two countries have escalated these weeks after North Korea tested two inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

He also warned on Thursday that, "if [Kim Jong Un] does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea".

"North Korea better get their act together, or they are going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world".

Trump's comments followed a North Korean claim over state television that it was preparing to fire four missiles towards the USA strategic island Guam.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that the proposal would be forwarded to leader Kim once plans had been finalised.

"If the US 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.

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