Rep. Jones reacts to President Trump's threats to North Korea

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A provocative declaration from the president Friday, using the phrase "locked and loaded" to describe the status of the military just days after using "fire and fury" in a warning to North Korea.

Friday, tweets from President Donald Trump that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded should North Korea act unwisely" is the latest in a series of threats and warnings to the communist country.

"I'm anxious too, I'm gonna be honest with you," says Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC).

He believes the best way to handle the current situation is diplomacy.

"As long as we are militarily ready to take some sort of action, if we are forced to take that action and we are ready, then let's give time to the diplomatic effort by Secretary of State Tillerson," he says.

But Jones also says that he has his doubts that work towards a diplomatic solution is being communicated to the people in the most effective way.

"There's too much of the Twitter world that I think can create some unnecessary problems," the congressman says.

For South Korean native, Byung Lee, who now lives in Greenville, he also shares concerns of possible escalation, but says that the imminent threat from North Korea is just something people in his homeland have had to get use to.

"Tension has been going on for many many years, so Korean people literally got used to it," he says. "So this is something, this threat from the North Korean people. To South Korea, this has been this almost every day of life, it's not going to bother them as much."

But despite the rhetoric on Twitter and mounting fears of citizens across the country, Jones says he still has faith this can be figured out without conflict. "I think it's just the hope that level heads can be part of the solution."

American and South Korean officials say that they plan to move forward with a military exercise later this month.

North Korea claims that the exercise is a rehearsal for war and has laid out plans to strike near the U.S. territory of Guam.

U.S. officials also said there was no major movement of U.S. military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war.



 

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