468x60 General & Logo

Military is ‘locked and loaded,’ Trump says in latest warning to North Korea

WASHINGTON — U.S. tensions with North Korea took another turn Friday morning when President Trump opted to again highlight the threat the U.S. military could pose to Pyongyang, tweeting that “military solutions are now fully in place” and “locked and loaded” should North Korea “act unwisely.” [...] combined with comments Thursday from Defense Secretary James Mattis and decades of history between North Korea and the United States, it suggests that while the present situation between Pyongyang and Washington is quite serious, Pacific Command is more signaling its readiness to fight if need be than spoiling for a battle within days. The Air Force has kept bombers on Guam for years, and the Pentagon and U.S. Forces Korea — the USFK referenced in Pacific Command’s tweet — have long used the “fight tonight” motto in South Korea to reflect the seriousness of their mission. More than 29,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, and at least 28,500 have been there each year since an armistice agreement put a halt to fighting in the Korean War in 1953. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush — who included North Korea with Iran and Iraq in his “Axis of Evil” — also both used the “fight tonight” phrase while discussing North Korea.

Article by By Dan Lamothe (c) Page One News - Read full story here.