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Trump Tweets: U.S. ‘Locked and Loaded’ on North Korea

The president said on Thursday that his “fire and fury” remarks may not have been enough. He proved that on Friday morning with a new tweet.

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President Trump tweeted on Friday morning that the U.S. is “locked and loaded … should North Korea act unwisely.”

It’s the latest in an escalating war of words between the president of the United States and Kim Jong-un, the unpredictable dictator of North Korea.

The last official statement concerning the U.S. to come out of North Korea was on Wednesday, when the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) – the state-run media outlet in North Korea – released a statement indicating it will target the U.S. territory of Guam next.

A loose translation, via KCNA Watch:

The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in order to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base in which the U.S. strategic bombers, which get on the nerves of the DPRK and threaten and blackmail it through their frequent visits to the sky above south Korea, are stationed and to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.

Since North Korea’s threat of Guam, President Trump has said his statement promising “fire and fury” if North Korea strikes first was not “tough enough.”

Trump’s Friday morning tweet is the most direct indication yet that the president is planning to use a military option against North Korea should Trump feel the U.S. is threatened.