- Aug 14, 2017 5:29 AM EDT
- Aug 11, 2017 3:42 PM EDT
- President Donald Trump continued his fiery rhetoric against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday, telling reporters that the he "will regret it fast" if he continues to threaten the U.S. and its allies.
"If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat — which, by the way, he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years — or he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast," Trump said.
- Aug 11, 2017 10:39 AM EDT
- The Trump administration "has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months," The Associated Press reported Friday morning, citing unidentified people familiar with the contacts between Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's U.N. mission.
- The contacts have focused on addressing Americans imprisoned in North Korea and deteriorating relations between the two nations, according to The AP. However, the wire service reported, "people familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances."
- The point-of-contact could provide a foundation for negotiations for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
- Aug 11, 2017 8:19 AM EDT
- President Donald Trump is warning of military action, saying the U.S. is “locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.”
Trump tweeted: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. ”
- Aug 11, 2017 6:20 AM EDT
- A state-run newspaper urged that China should remain neutral if North Korea follows through on its plans to fire missiles near Guam, Reuters reported Friday.
The comments by the Global Times came after President Donald Trump raised the level of his rhetoric against North Korea on Thursday, saying his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may not have been tough enough.
“This situation is beginning to develop into this generation's Cuban missile crisis moment,” ING's chief Asia economist, Robert Carnell, told Reuters. "While the U.S. president insists on ramping up the war of words, there is a decreasing chance of any diplomatic solution."
China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis.
- Aug 10, 2017 2:38 PM EDT
- President Donald Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Thursday that he might not have gone far enough when he said earlier this week that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the U.S.
- Trump spoke with reporters before a security briefing with his top advisers.
- He added that North Korea had “better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble.”
- Aug 9, 2017 6:12 PM EDT
- North Korea's military says President Donald Trump's warning of "fire and fury" if it threatens the U.S. is a "load of nonsense."
The North responded to Trump's threat in a statement from its military carried by state-run news agency KCNA. The statement says that "only absolute force" can work on someone as "bereft of reason" as Trump.
The North Korean statement also says the military action its army "is about to take" will be effective for restraining America's "frantic moves" in and near the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
It said North Korea will complete a plan by mid-August for the "historic enveloping fire at Guam," convey it to the commander in chief of its nuclear force and then "wait for his order." North Korea said it will "keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S."