Trump warns NKorea that United States is 'locked and loaded'

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Trump's comments, however, do not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remains open.

And that doesn't mean talk hasn't been tough - the USA has been speaking forcefully to North Korea all this time, said Ellen Tauscher, former US under secretary of state for arms control and worldwide security under President Barack Obama.

One available option is the proposed Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prohibit the president from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior congressional approval.

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Trump dialed up the rhetoric early Friday, tweeting that the US military is "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Trump was referring to the fact that China helps prop up the Kim Jong Un regime economically by taking in North Korea exports.

He has increased his condemnation of North Korea in recent days, tweeting Friday morning that the USA would have military options "locked and loaded" if needed. On Thursday, Trump said his previous statement may not have been tough enough.

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Lavrov said Russian Federation doesn't accept the North's nuclear weapons bid and pointed at a proposal by China and Russian Federation under which Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile tests while the USA and South Korea would halt their military drills.

Trump's "reckless" action began Tuesday with his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

But Cicilline added: "The president's words matter". Particularly, Klingner told TheBlaze, South Korea and Japan are anxious about the "direction of USA policy" and "the manner in which it will be carried out".

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Lavrov said Russian Federation doesn't accept the North's nuclear weapons bid and pointed at a proposal by China and Russian Federation under which Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile tests while the USA and South Korea would halt their military drills. North Korea responded by detailing a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the USA territory of Guam, home to US military bases.

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