Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue

Why Trump's War of Words With N. Korea May Be Overblown

Why Trump's War of Words With N. Korea May Be Overblown

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

Trump and Macron spoke over phone and discussed the need to confront the increasingly risky situation regarding North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behaviour, the White House said.

What presidents normally do is work with their team to develop a policy that reflects the United States' allies, military generals and military analysis of how statements will impact the situation, she explained.

Trump's call with Macron came hours after he talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a separate phone call.

"I think he's made a decision long ago, quite frankly, to try to negotiate the threat with North Korea".

Trump also reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it added.

The man behind the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea's nuclear weapons program is another story.

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".

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

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

North Korea has lashed back at the US following President Donald Trump's latest warnings.

Washington has been repeatedly stating that no option including the use of military force could be ruled out.

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

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