Trump, Xi agree North Korea must stop its provocations: WH

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart pledged in a phone call Saturday to work to denuclearize North Korea, but Trump again spoke of possible "military measures" if other steps fail.

"President Trump reiterated to President Macron the United States' commitment to stop the North Korean nuclear menace".

In a statement Saturday, Macron said the situation "undermines the preservation of global peace" and the North Korean regime "poses a serious threat to the security of its neighbors".

The tensions around North Korea have been high over the recent months and they have escalated further after the tightening of economic sanctions against North Korea by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday in response to July's launches of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang.

Xi's comments came hours after Trump warned North Korea that the USA military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused the United States leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

Macron also stressed that the global community should keep on working in order to "encourage Pyongyang to return to dialogue without preconditions".

North Korea said on Saturday that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new UN sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington.

France calls on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to comply without delay with its worldwide obligations and to prevent any escalating tensions, according to a statement issued on Saturday by the Elysee.

"Trump looks forward to seeing Xi in China later this year, a meeting that will be a very historic event".

Following the statement, Pyongyang said it is considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several USA military bases were located.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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