North Korea v USA news
- China, Russia and Germany sound alarm over war of words
- Donald Trump says the US military is ‘locked and loaded’
- North Korea prepares missile strike near the US territory of Guam
- US intelligence warns Pyongyang has nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles
Here are live updates and breaking news on the war of words between Kim Jong-un’s North Korea v Donald Trump’s America. (All times BST)
1pm: Donald Trump vs Kim Jong-un is ‘total mismatch’
Donald Trump versus Kim Jong-un is a “total mismatch” and the US would obliterate North Korea if the crisis escalated into war, a former Russian general Leonid Ivashov said.
Discussing the prospect of war, Mr Ivashov said: ““The US is a superpower, while North Korea is a small regional player. North Korea can’t compete with America on any level.”
11.24pm: Boris Johnson says North Korea ‘must fix it’
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweets: “The North Korean regime is the cause of this problem and they must fix it
“The international community is shoulder to shoulder in ensuring North Korea stops its aggressive acts.
“We are working with the US and our partners in the region to bring this crisis to a diplomatic end.”
North Korea vs USA live: Boris Johnson says North Korea is responsible and ‘must fix it’
11.10am: Donald Trump tells Guam: ‘We are with you 1,000 per cent’
In a telephone conversation, Donald Trump told the Governor of Guam: “We are with you 1,000 per cent. You are safe.”
Guam Governor Eddie Calvo thanked the President and said: “I have never felt so safe or more confident than with you at the helm.”
North Korea’s army is finalising plans to launch four missiles into the waters just off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam in mid-August.
11.05am: Japan rushes missiles to major cities
Japan has rushed missiles and anti-missile defence systems to Hiroshima and other cities under the path a North Korean missile may take.
Mr Trump’s bluster doe not appear to be backed by significant military mobilisation on either side of the Pacific, while Pyongyang reportedly remains calm.
North Korea v USA: Donald Trump tells the Governor of Guam that the US Pacific territory is safe
11.15am: Macron urged speak out on North Korea threat
The French socialist party has criticised French President Emmanuel Macron’s failure to speak out on the North Korea threat.
The party’s statement said: “Russia and China are worried. South Korea and Japan are getting ready. Meanwhile, France is silent.”
11am: North Korea: Nearly 3.5million enlist in army
North Korea said that nearly 3.5million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new UN sanctions and to fight against the US.
Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People’s Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the UN in retaliation for missile tests.
North Korea vs USA: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg
10am: US and South Korea to push ahead with military exercise
The US and South Korea will proceed as planned with a joint military exercise on August 21, an action sure to further antagonise North Korea.
3am: Xi tells Trump to seek peaceful resolution: Chinese state media
The Chinese President Xi Jinping told Donald Trump the North Korean nuclear issue requires a peaceful resolution through talks, according to Chinese state media.
“Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula,” it cited Mr Xi as saying.
2am: Trump and Xi oppose North Korea’s ‘escalatory’ behaviour: White House
Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearise the Korean peninsula in a phone call, the White House said in a statement.
“President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior,” the statement said, adding their relationship was “an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem.”
North Korea v USA news live: Angela Merkel warns that there is no ‘military solution’
Friday August 11
10pm: Guam told to prepare for missile threat
In guidance titled Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat, Guam Homeland Security advised seeking out in advance windowless shelters in homes, schools and offices, with concrete “dense enough to absorb radiation”.
It said if an attack warning came, residents should seek shelter and stay there for at least 24 hours. Those caught outside should lay down, cover their heads and “not look at the flash or fireball” to avoid going blind.
9pm: Trump says maybe Merkel was ‘speaking for Germany’
Donald Trump dismissed Angela’s warning about his approch to North Korea saying “maybe she’s speaking for Germany”.
8.55pm: Trump warns North Korea will ‘truly regret’ attacks
US President Donald Trump has said that North Korea will “truly regret” any actions against Guam, any other US territory or any US allies.
Speaking from his New Jersey golf resort, he added: “I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean.
“Those words are very easy to understand.”
North Korea v USA news live: Donald Trump at his golf course in Bedminster North Jersey on Friday
6pm: Merkel: ’There is no military solution’
Speaking at a at a Berlin press conference, Angela Merkel took the opportunity to criticise Donald Trump’s handling of the North Korean stand-off.
She said: “I believe that an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict.”
3.30pm: Russia warns the military risks are ‘very high’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned: “Unfortunately, the rhetoric in Washington and Pyongyang is now starting to go over the top.
He said: “We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail.”
Asked about the risks of the stand-off escalating into armed conflict, he said: “The risks are very high, especially taking into account the rhetoric.”
North Korea v USA live: Donald Trump retweets warning that bombers stand ready on Guam
12.30pm: Trump: US Military is ‘locked and loaded’
Donald Trump tweeted: “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.
“Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
The latest threat comes after the US President declared that his ‘fire and fire warning’ to North Korea may not have been tough enough.
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Source : EXPRESS