WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has issued another provocative warning of military action against North Korea.
Trump tweeted this morning: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
The U.S. troops based alongside allied forces in South Korea have long used the motto “Ready to Fight Tonight.” And, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that the military is ready to fight, but right now diplomacy is in the lead.
“The tragedy of war is well enough known. It doesn’t need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic,” said Mattis.
North Korea threatened earlier this week to launch missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam. Before that, Trump had threatened North Korea with fire and fury should it threaten the U.S.
President Trump later said his comments may not have been tough enough.
China has signaled that will not defend North Korea should it launch missiles threatening the U.S. and the U.S. retaliates. An editorial published in the state-owned Global Times states, however, that if the U.S. and its allies strike North Korea first and try to overthrow the regime, China will come to its defense.