US military ‘locked and loaded’ waiting to strike North Korea


President Donald Trump says the US military is “locked and loaded” to deal with North Korea, ramping up the rhetorical brinkmanship.

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!” he tweeted.

He spoke as Pyongyang accused him of “driving” the Korean peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war”.

On Wednesday, Trump said he would unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea, which has conducted successful tests in recent months of intercontinental ballistic missiles the could of reach the US mainland.

North Korea responded with a threat to launch a series of missiles in the direction of the US Pacific territory of Guam.

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