French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis

Trump says his North Korea comments 'may not be tough enough'

US President Donald Trump on Saturday held a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, stressing that the United States is ready to apply all available measures, including the military ones, to settle the North Korean nuclear issue, the White House said.

For its part, the White House published a communiqué according to which the two leaders called for North Korea to "cease its provocative behaviour and brought to the climbing" and reaffirm "their mutual commitment to a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

Macron also spoke by phone with US President Donald Trump with the aim of "getting North Korea to conform to its worldwide obligations", his Elysee office said. He sounds like the leader of North Korea, not the leader of the United States.

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.

The comments came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded".

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

In response, Japan began on Saturday to deploy its missile defense system Patriot, after threats from Pyongyang.

Soderberg criticizes the president's lack of diplomacy and she personally wishes that the global community increase pressure on North Korea rather than use outright force. "I think they can become even better", he says, according to the same source. However, the upcoming joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington, during which tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to worsen, start soon, around the 21st of August.

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

Earlier this week, Trump said if North Korea made any more threats to the USA, it will be met with "fire and fury".

"We just didn't do it in public", she said.

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