France's Macron speaks to Trump, warns over N Korea escalation

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

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.

France is a member of the Security Council, which approved fresh sanctions on North Korea this month for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile testing.

"This legislation, which maintains the President's ability to immediately retaliate against a nuclear strike, will provide an opportunity to reduce tensions and prevent a catastrophic nuclear confrontation", Cicilline said.

"What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed", he said. "Hopefully, it will all work out", he said Friday. And this man will not get away with what he is doing, believe me. Donald Trump's decision to explicitly threaten North Korea as part of his escalating war of words with Kim Jong Un has made the nightmare scenario feel more likely than ever. "If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat ... or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

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Asked Friday if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that". "And what I said is what I mean", Trump said.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump responded to information that North Korea may now be able to miniaturize nuclear weapons. Russian Federation called on the Trump administration to keep calm on Friday, just as China agreed with the USA that the recent adoption of a United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea was an important step toward achieving peace and stability on the peninsula.

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 US.

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