North Korea: Millions Are Signing Up to Fight

Earlier this week, Trump said that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it made further threats against the US, and then on Thursday, he suggested that those words may not have been "tough enough" after the threats from North Korea continued.

It said the USA was ready "along with its allies, to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures" to end any nuclear threat from the North. "This is tragicomedy of its own making".

The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

Trump also told reporters that the U.S. is considering additional sanctions against North Korea "at a very, very high level". China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs. It said Wednesday that plans for a strike near the island would be complete by mid-August. "And probably you could say as strong as they get". Guam's Homeland Security adviser, George Charfauros, said on Friday it would take 14 minutes for a missile fired from North Korea to reach Guam.

N. Korea tension triggers run to safety; stocks off, gold up
Geopolitical concerns continue to weigh on Wall Street amid an ongoing escalation in tensions between the US and North Korea. Japan is the world's biggest creditor country and there is an assumption investors there will repatriate funds in a crisis.

"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the US from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization", he said.

Trump has stood by his bellicose rhetoric on North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong Un "will truly regret it and he will regret it fast" if he issues an overt threat or attacks Guam or a USA ally.

Cicilline urged the Trump administration to exhaust all diplomatic options before resorting to military force.

Asked Friday if the US was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

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