Donald Trump gave North Korea an ultimatum, warning that the U.S. military's military systems are "loaded and ready for action" if the regime in Pyongyang continues to "foolishly" launch threats, reports The Telegraph.
Trump tempered his aggressive statement with a note of hope that North Korea's leader "Kim Jong Un will find another path".
The latest salvo comes a day after Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric against North Korea, which has threatened to launch four ballistic missiles into the ocean near the U.S. territory of Guam in mid-August.
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Should North Korea attack the US or one of its allies, Trump said that "things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?" Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the US, such as military drills, that it sees as increasing tensions.
China's government, via state media, said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the US but would defend its neighbor if the USA were to strike first against Kim Jong Un. Pacific territory of Guam. North Korea added that Trump's statement was "nonsense" and called him "bereft of reason".
The tweet is a signal to Pyongyang that it needs to stand down and start the process of giving up its nuclear arms lest it persists on a path on which Secretary of Defense James Mattis promised would destroy North Korea.
"He has disrespected our country greatly", Trump said of Kim Thursday.
Trump's tweet comes after days of tough rhetoric toward the regime, which has made several threats to the United States amid a new United Nations sanctions package that was passed unanimously last week.
Trump's comments followed a North Korean claim over state television that it was preparing to fire four missiles towards the U.S. strategic island Guam.