Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

War Of Words Between US, North Korea Escalates

War Of Words Between US, North Korea Escalates

China's foreign ministry said Mr Xi told his U.S. counterpart a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue was essential, and urged calm. "Hopefully (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un will find another path!" he tweeted.

"It appears to be (that the United States and North Korea) are scaring each other with words". His administration had hoped China would step up pressure on Pyongyang to quit with the missile tests but another ICBM test occurred on July 28.

Trump is increasing pressure on North Korea and has vowed to unleash "fire and fury" on Kim's regime as it threatens to fire missiles near the Pacific island of Guam, where the USA has a military base.

Speaking in New Jersey at his golf resort, the U.S. leader claimed that "people are happy" with the comments he has made about North Korea.

"You know what I can say?"

Told how attractive Guam looked in all the news coverage by Trump, Governor Calvo responded that, "It's a paradise - we got 95 percent occupancy and after all this stuff calms down, we're going to have 110 percent occupancy". So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.

And I will tell you this: "North Korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world", Trump warned. "And they should be, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible".

This week, Washington and Pyongyang have several times exchanged sharp statements.

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In April, he said he wouldn't label China a currency manipulator, in return for help in dealing with North Korea. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the order before Trump's formal announcement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday announced a peace plan which would involve North Korea freezing missile tests in exchange for the United States and South Korea halting large scale military exercises.

To underscore the "locked and loaded" comment, Trump retweeted U.S. Pacific Command pictures of bombers on Guam.

The Washington Post gives great context to what "Fight Night" refers to here.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged restraint in a phone call with President Donald Trump on Saturday, following a week of blustery rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S.

Trump adds that millions of Americans support his words because "finally we have a president that's sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies".

Turnbull added: "If North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously bad consequences will follow".

"I think what the President was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language".

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