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U.S. military is 'locked and loaded': Trump's latest warning to North Korea

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Questions now remain, over the exact scope of President Trump's executive authority to conduct a military strike on North Korea, without Congressional approval. "If Kim Jong Un said he would hit Anchorage, would he say, go ahead hit Anchorage and see what happens?", Underwood said.

But when US President Donald Trump said the US would respond to the next North Korean threat with "fire and fury unlike the world has ever seen", he did not demonstrate similar forethought.

On Twitter, he said the military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea carried out its threat.

Trump said that his earlier warning to inflict "fire and fury" on the reclusive communist regime for its nuclear weapons development program perhaps "wasn't tough enough".

Guam, the Pacific island that is a U.S. territory and home to a USA bases and around 6000 United States military personnel, posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack.

But restraint was not the word of the day on Friday as Trump sent out a cascade of unscripted statements, including what appeared to be another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the United States is "ready" to take on North Korea, but warned that a war would be "catastrophic", and that a "diplomatically led effort to get this under control" was "gaining traction".

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea - a common goal of the worldwide community - and stressed the importance of strengthening pressure on North Korea in diplomatic, economic terms", the South Korean spokesman said. "Our readiness, we are ready", while leaving no doubt that North Korea is "grossly overmatched" would be overwhelmed if it chose confrontation. USFK stands for United States Forces Korea, a sub-unified command of United States Pacific Command (USPACOM).


"So, with all the criticism going on over there, from a guy that's being targeted, we need a president like you", said Calvo.

Park said there have been rumors the USA asked for an early appointment of a new ambassador to Washington.

North Korea said it was finalising a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets towards Guam, where USA strategic bombers are based, along with more than 160,000 U.S. citizens.

Opinion: What to do with stocks if the USA and North Korea go to war.

North Korea has threatened to attack the USA territory of Guam and announced on Saturday that 3.5m people had signed up to join the army over the past week.

"We'll see how it all works out, but you're not going to have a problem and I just wanted to pay my respects and say you seem like a hell of a guy".

Despite the bravado, the Trump administration has been quietly engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to The Associated Press.

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