What Chairman Mao can teach the world about North Korea

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The President made the announcement on Twitter early Friday morning, saying that "military solutions are now fully in place. should North Korea act unwisely". Mr Trump said. Of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Mr Trump added: "He's been pushing the world around for a long time". "Was this statement signed off on by anyone?"

It comes after Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" as well as tweeting that the U.S. was "locked and loaded". Trump has often used sharp words to argue that China isn't doing enough to rein in North Korea, and has threatened punitive measures on trade if Xi fails to act.

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The concern over China's reaction is important.

North Korea's announcement that it is finalizing a plan to launch four ballistic missiles over Japan toward the island of Guam has touched off a series of fiery threats from President Donald Trump and upped tensions between Pyongyang and Washington to a whole new level.

North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation.

"You know what, that could happen.it looks so attractive to me", Trump said. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that it's OK for an attack to be contained somewhere out there in the Pacific Ocean - assuming North Korea is serious about attacking the USA territory of Guam.

Trump also met with his national security team and told reporters he's still hoping for a "peaceful solution". If the USA strikes North Korea, Pyongyang possesses enough conventional firepower to devastate nearby Seoul and possibly also Tokyo, at a cost of at least many thousands of lives.

Hours after Trump tweeted his locked and loaded comment on Friday, he retweeted a U.S. Pacific Command message stating that its B-1B Lancer bombers on Guam "stand ready" to carry out a mission "if called upon to do so".

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Life on the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, also remained calm.

On Friday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency accused Washington of a "criminal attempt to impose nuclear disaster upon the Korean nation".

The CNN poll, also conducted last week, showed Americans were divided on how to deal with North Korea, with 50 percent of those polled saying they favored military action, and 43 percent saying they opposed it.

But he added: "Hopefully, it will all work out".

Pyongyang's media outlet said America was making "desperate efforts" to test weapons in the Korean peninsula.

China's state-run Global Times newspaper wrote that Beijing should stay neutral if North Korea launches an attack that threatens the US.

Harry Krejsa, Bacevich Fellow and Asia security expert at the Center for a New American Security, told ThinkProgress that China is likely to do as much as possible "without actually being helpful".

Those numbers reflect a quickly escalating situation; in the past month, North Korea has successfully completed an intercontinental ballistic missile test that could reach the mainland United States, and American intelligence officials say the country is nearing its goal of being able to fit a nuclear weapon on one of those long-range missiles. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo says he coordinates with Homeland Security and the US military on preparedness procedures.

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