Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Trump discusses North Korea with France's Macron

Melinda Barton | 13 August, 2017, 16:24

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

The White House statement importantly notes that Trump has not yet ruled out a military solution to North Korea's nuclear threat.

"The United States, with their allies, are ready to implement a full range of measures diplomatic, economic and military" to put an end to the nuclear threat of north korea, explained the White House in a press release.

The White House says that Trump " in a phone call Friday to President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) " saluted Xi for China's United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea.

North Korea has reportedly been threatening to attack the US territory of Guam more than 2,000 miles southeast of North Korea in the Pacific Ocean.

"President Trump reiterated to President Macron the United States' commitment to stop the North Korean nuclear menace". On Friday, he tweeted that America's military remains "locked and loaded" in the region.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK".

The Chinese foreign ministry said Xi urged Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would "exacerbate" the already-tense situation and to exercise restraint and seek a political settlement. "I think they can become even better", he says, according to the same source. He sounds like the leader of North Korea, not the leader of the United States.

This week, Trump has issued stern warnings to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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