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In phone call with Trump, China's Xi reiterates calls for calm

In phone call with Trump, China's Xi reiterates calls for calm

After Mr. Trump was criticized for his saying North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" unlike the world had ever seen, he later doubled down on his remarks a day later, saying perhaps they weren't tough enough.

"Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

Trump clarified that statement Friday afternoon during his working vacation in New Jersey.

"I will tell you this", he said, "if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent, or our allies or us - they can be very, very nervous". Pacific territory of Guam. But never before has Pyongyang's bluster been matched by a U.S. President's.

"We have an ANZUS agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the USA then each of us will come to the other's aid", he told 3AW. If carried out, it would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has emphasized that the threat level for the island has not changed and remains normal.

I take issue with your editorial that includes a description of "residents of Guam glancing nervously skyward" ("Alternative fact of the Week: Trump's nuclear arsenal", August 10). 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, which are now fueling fears of military confrontation.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was "very alarmed" at Mr Trump's tough talk, and said Washington should take the first step towards cooling tensions. Chung and McMaster had a telephone conversation to discuss North Korea, presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun said. I said it yesterday.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

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The North's official KCNA news service, for its part, accused Trump in an editorial of "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war", calling the USA "the heinous nuclear war fanatic".

On Friday, Japan's Defense Ministry said it was deploying four surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

But it also said that if the US and South Korea attacked North Korea to force regime change, then China must intervene to prevent it. In the current situation a little spark can ignite a fire in the region.

"But Guam's former delegate to Congress, Robert Underwood, says he is concerned the 160,000 people of Guam are being forgotten with President Trump's escalating rhetoric toward North Korea". China has also blamed the US and South Korea of obstructing that goal by insisting on pursuing joint military exercises, according to a report published by the NY.

The Obama administration sought to end all that with its policy of "strategic patience" - essentially no longer rewarding North Korea for bad behavior.

Trump, meanwhile, continues to pursue a diplomatic solution to North Korea's purported development of a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States and other countries on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

"This is a typical brinkmanship", he told CBS2's Alice Gainer.

"One of the fundamental lessons of that period was that we need to be clear and detailed about what will happen if you do X - so if you do X, we will do Y. And at the same time, we need to be clear on what you can do to avoid those consequences.", said Krejsa.