The U.S. president and North Korea ratcheted up the rhetoric even as world leaders worried the verbal salvos were going too far.
President Trump on Friday offered a fresh threat of force against North Korea, writing on Twitter that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded,” if the regime of Kim Jong Un should “act unwisely.”
“Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump added in reference to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons despite increased United Nations sanctions.
North Korea, however, kept up its verbal salvos, as well. A commentary in a state-run newspaper said the “U.S. military warmongers are running amok” and warned that the “the U.S. and its vassal forces will dearly pay for the harshest sanctions and pressure and reckless military provocations.”
In the Pacific region and around the world, concern mounted with the intensification of rhetoric from both sides. That included a caution from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that “verbal escalation” may be the wrong response to the crisis, Deutsche Welle reported.
Trump’s latest verbal volley came a day after he warned North Korea that “things will happen to them like they never thought possible” should the isolated country attack the United States or its allies.