White House: Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron on growing North Korea's threat

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The White House said that Trump and Xi agreed during their call that North Korea must stop provocative behavior, reiterating their mutual commitment to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

"The global community is shoulder to shoulder in ensuring North Korea stops its aggressive acts". The recent UN Security Council unanimous vote for new sanctions suggests that these countries could help.

There is no military solution to the North Korea nuclear issue.

Several Twitter users have over the last 24 hours reported Trump's tweet, which threatened violence against North Korea. It also said that Trump looked forward to visiting China later this year, calling the relationship between the two leaders "extremely close".

Earlier this week, Trump said if North Korea made any more threats to the USA, it will be met with "fire and fury". The US has even had behind-the-scenes talks with North Korea since June. "This is tragicomedy of its own making".

The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack". For one, they didn't want to put somebody in a corner. Trump also said the USA was considering tighter sanctions against North Korea.

Jamil Jaffer, founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia, said Trump's "muscular response" to North Korea was "the exact type of resolve we need to force the hand" of Pyongyang's "Chinese patrons".

The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency accused Trump earlier of moving the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a nuclear war". China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

Yet North Korea's top general escalated those threats, saying this week he was drawing up plans to attack the USA territory of Guam with four ballistic missiles.

Abe says: "I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people". The deployment of four Patriot interceptors was expected to be completed Saturday, a spokesman for Japan's Ministry of Defense said by phone.

Trump continued to ramp up the rhetoric with a post on Twitter this morning indicating that the U.S.is prepared to take military action against North Korea. The influence of China in Pyongyang seems to be greatly reduced since Kim Jong Un became the North Korean leader in December 2011.

Despite the increasingly bellicose statements, Mr Trump's comments did not appear to be backed by significant military mobilisation on either side of the Pacific, while a discreet diplomatic back channel with the regime is reported to remain open.

Asked Friday if the US was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

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