France's Macron warns against 'escalation of tensions' over North Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2017

The US is ready along with its allies to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures to stop the North Korean nuclear menace, President Donald Trump told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron today.

The leaders also discussed the need to confront the "increasingly risky situation" with Pyongyang's destabilizing behavior.

Xi Jinping, the leader of North Korea's key ally China, urged Trump on Saturday to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions, after the USA president ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the Stalinist regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States.

"Trump and Macron pledged to work together with allies and partners to enforce United Nations sanctions and achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said. North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call.

The Chinese foreign ministry said Xi urged Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would "exacerbate" the already-tense situation, exercise restraint and seek a political settlement.

Trump raised alarm around the world - and particularly in Asia - by warning that North Korea would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it were to keep threatening the United States.

The two leaders also reiterated a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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