Trump's strategy against North Korea has more holes than a sieve


"The worldwide community must act in a coordinated, steadfast and firm that North Korea returns to the path of dialogue", a statement from Macron's office said. "And we see this as a positive sign", he said.

The Global Times warning comes at the end of a week of threats and counter-threats between Washington and Pyongyang, as the U.S. weighs up its options to deal with the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programme, The Washington Post reported.

However, continued missile tests from North Korea including two Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles angered the west and Trump's initially warm embrace of China turned cold.

"Our office will be notified by the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public", Gaminde said, adding that people should tune into local media - radio, print, television - for further instructions, if they hear the sirens. In response to the tests, the US and South Korea repeatedly fired surface-to-surface missiles into neutral waters close to Pyongyang.

"Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, making such outcries as 'the USA will not rule out a war against the DPRK, '" KCNA said. But because of its key strategic role in the Pacific, Guam is also a target for North Korea.

Meanwhile, South Korea and the USA are proceeding with plans for a large-scale military exercise, expected to run from August 21 to 31.

An editorial published Thursday in a Chinese state-owned newspaper issued dual warnings to the United States and North Korea against military action on the Korean Peninsula, asserting that "China will respond with a firm hand" if its interests are threatened by either nation.

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President Trump escalated his tough talk on North Korea, declining to rule out the possibility of a pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang, and suggesting that his warning earlier in the week promising "fire and fury" was not strong enough.

"He (Kim) does anything with respect to Guam or an American territory, he will regret it and regret it fast".

North Korea has threatened to attack the United States territory of Guam and announced on Saturday that 3.5m people had signed up to join the army over the past week. "The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now", Mattis said at an event in California.

On Thursday, North Korea outlined plans for imminent missiles launch towards Guam which is home to a major military hub and home to USA bombers.

A US Air Force spokesman from Andersen Air Force base on the island said their number one priority is to be "ready to fight tonight".

Trump has repeatedly called on China - the North's biggest ally and trading partner - to help reign in its neighbour, to little avail.

However, he added that the USA would always consider negotiations.