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President Donald Trump says North Korea's leader will "regret it fast" if he threatens or acts against Guam, or any other USA territory or ally.

Following days of grave threats to North Korea, Trump directed his latest warning Friday directly to the communist country's leader, Kim Jong Un. -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the US trade deficit with China, which past year stood at more than $300 billion.

The U.S. president's warnings that Pyongyang will "regret" any threats or action against the U.S. are a break with the diplomatic language of his predecessors. But it was not known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than U.S. detainees, the Associated Press reports. No question, North Korea precipitated this crisis with its aggressive pursuit and testing of a nuclear delivery system capable of reaching not only America's allies but also our very shores.

The comments came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded".

Any negotiation would face huge skepticism in Washington given North Korea's long record of broken promises.

The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the US wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack". -North Korea negotiations collapsed in 2012 when Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket that derailed an agreement of a North Korean nuclear freeze in exchange for USA food aid. "But with an understanding that a condition of those talks is there is no future where North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver those nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less to the homeland". At a minimum, Pyongyang would renew its long-standing demands for an end to joint U.S.

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Working through a longstanding mechanism known as the "New York channel" that was created to send messages back and forth through the UN, Yun has been in regular contact with his primary counterpart, North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Pak Song II.

And China has responded to the president's threats by putting both the DPRK and the US on notice: If North Korea strikes first it can not count on China's help to defend it, but if the USA tries a pre-emptive attack, all bets are off. "They didn't want to take on the issue and I have no choice but to take it on".

People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fuelling fears of military confrontation. Even if there were, the experts note it would need to be proportional, which doesn't exactly fit with USA officials threatening the "destruction" of not only North Korea, but its population.

"Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough?"

After a deep freeze between North Korea and the Obama administration, contacts between Pyongyang and the United States picked up again after Trump took office.