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North Korea Would ‘'Truly Regret'’ Attacking the United States: President Trump

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President Donald Trump tightened the screws on North Korea on Friday, warning North Korea would “truly regret” taking any hostile action against the US as he prepared for talks with China's leader on the crisis. Donal Trump had earlier brandished a threat of unleashing “fire and fury” on Pyongyang.

President Trump has been engaged all week in a war of words with the North Korea over its weapons and missile programs, as the US media had reported that the North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead.

The Republican Billionaire Donald Trump has progressively ramped up the tone throughout the week and on Friday declared that the US military is “locked and loaded.”

But President Trump also appeared to be open to the Diplomacy, saying that he would speak on the phone Friday night with the Chinese President Xi Jinping — isolated North Korea's giant neighbor and closest ally.

“We have been working very closely with China and with other countries,” President Trump said.

“Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump,” he said.

The North Korea's official KCNA news service in an editorial accused Trum of “driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, "calling the US “the heinous nuclear war fanatic.” The saber-rattling has sparked worldwide concerns that a miscalculation by

either side could trigger a catastrophic conflict on the Korean peninsula. China, Russia, and Germany have urged both sides to tone down the rhetoric.

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully, Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

President Trump wrote Friday from his golf club retreat in New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation.

Later in the day, he lashed out at Pyongyang's plans to launch missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, urging Kim-Jong-Un to heed his warnings.

"If he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American Ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast."

China also urged President Trump and Kim-Jong-Un to avoid any further escalation.

“We call on the relevant parties to be cautious with their words and actions, and contribute more toward easing tensions and enhancing the mutual trust,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement. Beijing has repeatedly pushed resuming long-dormant six-party talks to

peacefully resolve the mounting tensions, but its position has been overshadowed by President Trump and Kim-jong-uns emerging game of brinkmanship.

President Trump has called on China to “do a lot more” to heap pressure on Kim-Jong-Un.

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 oward cooling tensions.

“When a fight has nearly broken out, the first step away from the dangerous threshold should be taken by the side that is stronger and smarter,” Mr. Lavrov said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined the intensifying chorus of calls for restraint, saying diplomacy was the answer.

“Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response,” she said.

Nearly a week ago, the UN Security Council unanimously passed fresh sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons program, including export bans, a new punishment that could cost North Korea $1 billion a year. 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 toward cooling tensions.

“When a fight has nearly broken out, the first step away from the dangerous threshold should be taken by the side that is stronger and smarter,” Mr. Lavrov said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined the intensifying chorus of calls for restraint, saying diplomacy was the answer.

“Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response,” she said.

Nearly a week ago, the UN Security Council unanimously passed fresh sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons program, including export bans, a new punishment that could cost North Korea $1 billion a year.

"This is clearly a time for all the parties to focus on how to de-escalate and lower the tensions," said the spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to increase when Seoul and Washington launch major military joint exercises, and the next, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is set to kick off on August 21.

The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared intent Thursday on easing the tension, describing the prospect of war as "catastrophic" and saying diplomacy remained the priority.

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