Macron Urges Int'l Community to Avoid Escalation of Tensions Around N Korea

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

A White House statement said Trump and President Emmanuel Macron had discussed "the increasingly unsafe situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior".

France and other UN Security Council members want North Korea "to conform without delay to its worldwide obligations and proceed with the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear and ballistic programmes", Macron said in the statement.

The french president urged the worldwide community to refrain from escalating the situation around North Korea. The president of the Republic assures France's allies and partners in the region of his solidarity during the current period.

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

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According to the White House, Trump and Xi affirmed that the recent adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's military said Wednesday it was considering a missile attack near the United States island territory of Guam after President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

On Tuesday, Trump issued a controversial warning to the DPRK, saying that threats from the country would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Macron joined a chorus of worldwide voices urging restraint in the crisis, which has alarmed the global community as US President Donald Trump has engaged in days of verbal sparring with Pyongyang. Following the statement, Pyongyang said it is considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several USA military bases were located.

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