Published On: Sat, Aug 12th, 2017

North Korea v USA news live: Donald Trump warns Kim Jong-un will ‘truly regret’ attacks

  • China, Russia and Germany call for deescalation of US rhetoric 
  • Donald Trump tweets that the military is ‘locked and loaded’ 
  • North Korea prepares missile strike off the US territory of Guam
  • US intelligence warns Pyongyang now 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)

11am: North Korea: Nearly 3.5million enlist in army 

North Korea said that nearly 3.5 million 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.

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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 Jinping tells Donald 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: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agree North Korea must stop ‘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.”

Friday August 11

9pm: Donald Trump says maybe Angela Merkel’s ‘speaking for Germany’ 

Donald Trump dismissed Angela’s warning about his approch to North Korea saying “maybe she’s speaking for Germany”. 

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North Korea v USA news live: Angela Merkel warns that there is no ‘military solution’

8.55pm: Donald Trump warns North Korea will ‘truly regret’ any attacks on the US

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.”

6pm: Angela 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.”

Donald Trump speaks at his golf course AFP Getty

North Korea v USA news live: Donald Trump at his golf course in Bedminster North Jersey on Friday

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.”

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North Korea v USA live: Donald Trump retweets warning that bombers stand ready on Guam

12.30pm: Donald Trump: Military solutions now ‘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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