Trump and North Korea continue to escalate rhetoric

Tensions continue to flare as US President Donald Trump and North Korea maintain inflammatory rhetoric against each other.

In a tweet the president said the US military was “locked and loaded”, and has said he is considering a new round of “very strong” sanctions against North Korea.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged restraint in a personal phone call to Mr Trump, cautioning against continuing to escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Mr Xi also “stressed that China and the US have common interest in realising denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability”.

Donald Trump is remaining strong in his rhetoric, however, and hit back saying he is only being criticised for it because of who he is.

“If he utters one threat, in the form of an overt threat, which by the way he has been uttering for years… or 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,” Mr Trump said in a press conference.

North Korea only a few days ago threatened military action against Guam, saying they will work on an attack plan, including missile threats, estimated to take about 14 minutes to hit the Pacific island.

Mr Trump reassured Guam’s Governor Eddie Baza Calvo that they will be safe, saying “we are with you 1000 per cent, you are safe”.

He also said that Guam will benefit from the coverage, saying the new ‘fame’ will help with tourism.

“Tourism, I can tell you this – tourism, you’re going to go up like 10-fold with the expenditure of no money so I congratulate you,” Mr Trump said.

“You’ve become extremely famous. All over the world they are talking about Guam, and they are talking about you.”

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