US military options for N. Korea in place: Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press, on Aug 11, 2017.
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press, on Aug 11, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

After warning North Korea that its threats will be met with "fire and fury", United States President Donald Trump said yesterday that his country's military options are in place, "locked and loaded".

As the escalating war of words shook governments and markets yesterday, countries from China to Germany all urged restraint. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told both sides that an escalation of rhetoric is the wrong approach.

"I don't see a military solution to this conflict," she said in Berlin.

Earlier yesterday, China, North Korea's sole ally, also urged both parties to speak and act with caution.

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The sabre-rattling sparked share sell-offs, with jittery markets shedding US$1 trillion (S$1.36 trillion).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2017, with the headline 'US military options for N. Korea in place: Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe