President Donald Trump has issued another warning to North Korea in an early morning tweet on Friday.
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” Trump said. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
The United States’ narrative with North Korea has gone from diplomatic to commandeering the past week, as earlier the President warned of “fire and fury” should North Korea continue on its path and threaten the U.S.
North Korea then threatened to bomb Guam, a U.S. territory in the Western Pacific, and it will continue to plan a strike on the U.S. territory despite warnings from both President Trump and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Trump later said his “fire and fury” statement might not have been “tough enough,” and the President said Thursday for North Korea to “get their act together” or the country will be in trouble “like few nations have ever been.”
Trump also told reporters Thursday that while Americans should be “very comfortable,” North Koreans should be “very, very nervous […] because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”
Mattis said this week that North Korea should “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”
“While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth. The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates,” Mattis said.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea are at an all-time high.
The United Nations Security Council recently voted unanimously to sanction North Korea where it hurts – on its exports. The sanctions would cut North Korea’s export revenue by $1 billion, or about a third. The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood, and were passed unanimously with a 15-0 vote by the U.N. Security Council; this included support from North Korean allies China and Russia.
North Korea responded to the sanctions, with its state-run media agency saying the country vowed to attack the United States over the export sanctions.
The sanctions were in response to Kim Jong Un’s two successful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.
Kim Jong Un has said his weapons are ready to attack “any place, any time.“
The ICMB tests are “meant to send a grave warning to the U.S.,” and Kim Jong Un “proudly” said that the tests confirm “all the U.S. Mainland is within our striking range,” according to the KCNA.
North Korea has also said it will never stop testing its weapons or deter its efforts to expand its missile program.
North Korea had its first successful test of an ICBM early in July.
On the eve of July Fourth, North Korea successfully tested its first Hwasong-14 missile, and Kim Jong Un reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards.”
Its most recent test was July 28. That ICBM test landed in the Sea of Japan, but experts say it could have reached as far as New York City, based on how long it flew and distance travelled.
Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said that President Donald Trump says there will be war with North Korea over missiles, especially if North Korea continues to threaten to aim ICBMs at the U.S.
While North Korea continues to test missiles and expand its missile program, officials say the United States is ready to respond with greater force.