Chinese president says peaceful resolution needed for North Korea nuclear issue

Chinese president says peaceful resolution needed for North Korea nuclear issue

Chinese president says peaceful resolution needed for North Korea nuclear issue

"I hope they're going to fully understand the gravity of what I said", the president told reporters.

Earlier on Friday, the president said the United States military was "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea, should the need arise. "Hopefully (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un will find another path!" he tweeted. "Was this statement signed off on by anyone?"

North Korea said it was finalising a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets towards Guam, where USA strategic bombers are based, along with more than 160,000 United States citizens.

Just 35 percent of respondents to the CBS poll said they were confident in Trump's ability to handle the North Korea threat, while 61 percent said they were uneasy.

The US leader ignored pleas to cool his rhetoric in a row that threatens to spill over into military action between two nuclear powers.

Guam is a sovereign USA territory and hosts 3,831 military personnel.

President Trump called Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo to express his support to the US territory amid the threats of an imminent strike from North Korea.

Later Thursday at an event in California, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States was focused on diplomacy, but it was his responsibility to have military options ready "should they be needed" in the event of a war with North Korea - an option he said "would be catastrophic".

Guam's Office of Civil Defence began disseminating fact sheets on Friday to help residents prepare for a missile attack from North Korea.

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President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping in July. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of USA forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

When speaking at his golf estate in Bedminster, N.J., Trump warned that the country will "truly regret it" if it overtly threatens the USA again.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have recently intensified due to North Korea's multiple nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches conducted in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Earlier this week, CNN and CBS released polls they conducted from August 3 to 6 showing a majority of Americans are anxious about North Korea.

The editorial said, however, that China would intervene if the USA and ally South Korea collaborated militarily with the intent of ousting Kim Jong Un's regime. Though it has been mostly lost as the current round of tough talk keeps escalating, North Korea just a few months ago conducted a similar rehearsal strike on a US military base in Japan.

"If they did launch they could potentially wipe out cities in South Korea and Japan, and in the longer term maybe reach the US West Coast and even further inland", said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

Pyongyang's media outlet said America was making "desperate efforts" to test weapons in the Korean peninsula.

But for the people of Guam, the threats are just more of the same, the security of their island has not changed, and life is generally status quo, said Guam Senator Michael San Nicolas. While the US markets avoided further drops on Friday, world markets took another hit, with the European markets falling over 1 percent to complete their worst week this year.

Russian and German leadership expressed concern in recent days over the president's rhetoric, after he wrote on Twitter that the USA is "locked and loaded" ahead of any action by the North.

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