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VIDEO: North Korea 'will regret it fast' if it acts against U.S. ally, Trump says

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 11, 2017 at 10:35 a.m. Updated August 11, 2017 at 5:24 p.m.


In this photo taken Aug 1, 2017, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump has dictated press releases and pushed his press team to bend the facts. He has ignored the advice of his legal team and thrown out carefully-planned legislative strategies with a single 140-character tweet. He has cycled through three communications directors in six months. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will regret it fast" if he continues his threats to U.S. territories and allies, in another warning that the U.S. is willing to act swiftly against the nuclear-armed nation.

In remarks to reporters, Trump issued the threat directly at Kim, who is known for his bellicose rhetoric.

"If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat — which by the way he has been uttering for years and his family has been uttering for years — or 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," Trump said.

The words followed an early morning tweet in which Trump declared the U.S. military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely."

over. North Korea threatened to launch an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam, while Trump vowed to deliver "fire and fury" if threatened.

There was scant sign the U.S. military was preparing for imminent action and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remained open. The Associated Press reported Friday that talks between North Koreans and a U.S. official continue through a back channel previous used to negotiate the return of Americans held in North Korea. The talks have expanded to address the deterioration of relationship, according to U.S. officials and others briefed on the process. They weren't authorized to discuss the confidential exchanges and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Still, Trump on Friday sought to project the military strength.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

He later retweeted a posting from U.S. Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfill USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so."

"Fight tonight" has long been the motto of U.S. forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. officials insist that there have been no new significant movement of troops, ships, aircraft or other assets to the region other than what has already been long planned for previously scheduled exercises.

American and South Korean officials said they would move forward later this month with the exercises, which North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war.

The days of war rhetoric have alarmed international leaders.

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She declined to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S. in case of a military conflict with North Korea and called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the issue.

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer," Merkel added.

Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, estimated the risk of a military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea as "very high," and said Moscow was deeply concerned.

"When you get close to the point of a fight, the one who is stronger and wiser should be the first to step back from the brink," Lavrov said Friday.

Trump's rhetoric, however, stands in stark contrast to an ongoing back channel for negotiations between the United States and North Korea. People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation.

Despite tensions and talk of war, life on the streets of the North Korean capital remains calm. There are no air raid drills or cars in camouflage netting as was the case during previous crises.

North Koreans have lived for decades with the state media message that war is imminent, the U.S. is to blame and their country is ready to defend itself. State-run media ensure that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but don't convey any sense of international concern about the situation.

[VIDEO: Daily life resumes as tensions mount in North Korea]

As it is, the U.S. has a robust military presence in the region, including six B-1 bombers in Guam and Air Force fighter jet units in South Korea, plus other assets across the Pacific Ocean and in the skies above. U.S. military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces. Any order by the president could be executed quickly.

The U.S.-South Korea exercises are an annual event, but they come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is U.S. territory and a major military hub. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.-South Korea drills begin.

Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected to run Aug. 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops on the ground and in the sea and air. Washington and Seoul say the exercises are defensive in nature and crucial to maintaining a deterrent against North Korean aggression.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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DoubleBlind says... August 11, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

I liked him better when he was merely disgusting and stone cold stupid. Now he's added demented and dangerous. When he pronounces Guam, it's as if he's doing so for the first time. I can just imagine him in a room with his generals shouting, "What the F/where the F is Guam? I've never heard of it." And Lindsay Graham said Trump told him "If anyone dies, it will be over THERE." He has no regard for American lives of those not on the lower 48. Appalling.

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Packman says... August 11, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.

How nice it is to have a leader who stand up for America instead of a feckless community organizer constantly apologizing for America's greatness.

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glh05230944 says... August 11, 2017 at 12:54 p.m.

This president is insane. Those who watched MSNBC last night heard some good news. Former Republican Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire has written a letter to the Senate Majority Leader asking him to form a committee as authorized by Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to declare that Insane Trump is unfit to carry out the duties of President due to his mental instability. We who agree should follow up with emails to our Senators asking them to support Mr. Humphrey's request, asap.

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RBear says... August 11, 2017 at 1:39 p.m.

Pack, biggest bunch of BS coming from you now. Trump is really doing nothing in this conflict, other than running his mouth without any context or knowledge. It's sort of like he did with the ACA. Going back through the past 6 months, Trump walked over his positions more than once and really ended up never having a true position on the ACA.
Based on your comments, I can see you don't have a clue about how this should play out. This is something that should never escalate to military action because the fallout is worse than we can deal with now. We don't have a mature leader in the White House (yea, he's old but acts like a juvenile).

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TimberTopper says... August 11, 2017 at 1:57 p.m.

Packy, I can tell, you and Trump are alike both brave as hell as long as you figure it'll be someone else's blood and guts spilled.

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Packman says... August 11, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.

Hey glh - Nah, you're wrong.
Hey RBear - And you have a clue how this will play out? Please enlighten us.
This is pure speculation but President Trump is likely being coached with his rhetoric by James Mattis. Little Kim, due to BH Obama's largesse, now has icbm's and nuclear warheads capable of hitting targets possibly on our mainland. The threat may have been determined by military experts as so great that it must be destroyed with a pre-emptive first strike. Such a strike without gross provocation would cause worldwide turmoil. Is President Trump goading Little Kim into doing something so outrageous as to justify a military action that wipes out a North Korea's nuke capacity once and for all? If that's how this all shakes out it could be exactly as designed by James Mattis.

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glh05230944 says... August 11, 2017 at 2:38 p.m.

Hey Pack - Nah, You're speculating.

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3WorldState1 says... August 11, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

Pack is 99.99% wrong on every issue.
Pack would feel diff if China and Canada were in a nuclear showdown and Canada said, "I dare you China to shoot at us, if you do, were are going to shoot 50 nukes right at Arkansas!" My guess is Pack would be saying, "can't ya'll talk like grownups?" Easy betting others lives.
Kanye is so smart, we dont even have a SK ambassador. Smart! Wait, I mean, Dumb!
So much for pro-life. Every day Kanye supporters show who they really are. Especially evangelicals.

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PopMom says... August 11, 2017 at 4:29 p.m.


Mattis is not coaching him to say these things. Mattis and Tillerson are trying to use diplomacy. There is a chance that the Chinese can get Kim Jong Un to back down. Trump is inflaming the situation and needs to shut up and let Mattis and Tillerson do the talking. Trump is nuts and needs to be taken out. I am glad that Tillerson has been talked out of resigning. Every sane cabinet official needs to stay in office. One can hope that Trump will follow Mattis' advice as to what should be done, but Trump is nuts.

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Toenails says... August 11, 2017 at 4:41 p.m.

The president's remarks are similar to those made by the last three presidents. We should support our country in dealing with N. Korea's threats. I find it appalling that some people seem to place their hatred of our president over the welfare of our citizenry. We should be able to discuss serious issues without name-calling.

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