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China warned North Korea on Friday that if they conduct a missile strike against the US, Beijing will not come to their aid after the inevitable retaliation.

Beijing has consistently called for dialogue to resolve the growing tension on the Korean Peninsula. However, the state-owned Global Times newspaper published an editorial warning both Pyongyang and Washington that, “when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.”

The article also clarified that “if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral.” On the other hand, “[i]f the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.

China’s statement caps off a week that has seen North Korea and the US exchanging barbs in a war of words that has escalated to threats. US President Donald Trump responded to the North’s ongoing ballistic missile tests on Tuesday by threatening “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Following Trump’s comments, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that Pyongyang should not engage in “actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people,” as the Pentagon has readied plans for B-1B strategic bombers to launch preemptive strikes at the North’s missile sites.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) responded by announcing that by mid-August it would complete a plan to launch a strike against Guam, a US territory.

Trump doubled down on his rhetoric Friday morning, writing on Twitter that “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully [Kim Jong-un] will find another path!

Guam is confident that it could survive such an attack: its Homeland Security adviser noted this week that the island’s missile defense systems would protect Guam from the North’s projectiles. The Global Times asserted that China will “firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned. The Korean Peninsula is where the strategic interests of all sides converge, and no side should try to be the absolute dominator of the region.”

Though China signed the Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance of 1961, pledging to intervene if North Korea is subject to unprovoked provocation, that does not extend to situations in which Pyongyang instigates a conflict.

Law professor Tong Zhiwei from Shanghai’s East China University of Political Science and Law wrote in a May article for the Financial Times that terminating the agreement should be a near-future goal for Beijing because “it has also been used by the North Korean authorities to protect their international wrongful acts from punishment.”

In July, North Korea conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, claiming that the projectiles are capable of capable of carrying nuclear weapons and can reach the US mainland. A recent report reveals that US and Japanese intelligence agencies roughly agree with that assessment.

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Barcelona attacker shot by Spanish police in video

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This is the extraordinary moment a ‘drugged-up’ terrorist in a fake suicide vest was gunned down – and then got up again – during the second terror attack on a Spanish beach resort 70 miles from Barcelona overnight.

The jihadi was hit with several bullets but clambered to his feet shouting taunts, climbed some crash barriers and then walked towards armed officers who had to shoot him again.

He was part of a group of five terrorist who giggled and grinned at police after their Audi A3 car overturned having ploughed through crowds on the seafront in Cambrils on the Costa Dorada at 1am today, killing one woman and injuring six more including a policeman.

Eight hours earlier a ‘linked’ ISIS van assault on the packed Los Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona killed 13 including a three-year-old girl and injured at least 100 victims from 34 different countries.

The Cambrils terrorists bailed out of their crashed Audi clutching knives used to stab a woman in the face and were seen smiling at police who shot them dead in the street at around 1am.

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Police shoot five terrorists attempting second deadly attack in Catalonia, Spain

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GOE solved hostage crisis in BES bank after attempted bank robbery - shots fired

Catalan police conducted a raid early on Friday, linked to an attempted van ramming attack in the coastal town of Cambrils, about 60 miles from Barcelona. Four suspects were killed during the raid, while the fifth, who was injured and arrested, died in custody.

Catalan police say that one terrorist may still be at large, and that the attackers may have been wearing suicide belts. Catalan civil protection authorities have said that six civilians and one police officer were wounded during the operation.

Catalan police have tweeted that they believe the Cambrils attack was a terrorist incident, and that the perpetrators have been killed.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser has reported that the Cambrils attackers also attempted a van ramming attack in the town square, but the van overturned and the occupants were shot by police.

The incident comes just hours after Thursday’s van ramming attack in Barcelona’s city square that left 13 dead.

Police are examining possible links of terror suspects killed in Cambrils to Barcelona van attack, which Daesh has claimed responsibility for. The similar modus operandi of the attacks would suggest that there is some connection.

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