‘Locked and loaded’: Mattis says US is ‘ready’ to handle a hostile act out of North Korea

BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING, Aug 11 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying what he called U.S. military solutions were “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

Russia, China and Germany expressed alarm at the escalating rhetoric from Pyongyang and Washington, while the Pentagon said the United States and South Korea would move ahead as planned with a joint military exercise in 10 days, an action sure to further antagonize North Korea.

Source: ‘Locked and loaded’: Mattis says US is ‘ready’ to handle a hostile act out of North Korea

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