Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

"It demands a concerted effort by the United States, but with our allies and with all responsible nations", he said".

After Trump vowed on Tuesday to treat North Korean threats of hostility with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", the Kim regime announced that it is planning to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean near Guam, a USA territory. North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call.

They agreed that North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour, the White House said.

Of Trump's "fire and fury" remarks, Mattis said: "The rhetoric is up to the president".

"And what none of us know is whether President Trump will ultimately accept a position in history which says, "I'm the guy and it was on my watch that this state finally crossed the threshold of constituting a threat to the U.S. mainland".

"I hope people learn from history and don't repeat that". I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong-un think that he needs to strike first.

After the telephones talks on Saturday, the White House said in a statement that the two leaders discussed the increasingly unsafe situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior.

The statement added that Trump had "reassured" Guam Governor Eddie Calvo that the USA military would "ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America".

State-run China Central Television quoted Xi as telling Trump the "relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

Mr Rudd said Mr Trump was unique to past U.S. presidents dating back to 1993 who have dealt with the North Korean regime because he sees a virtue in his own strategic unpredictability. 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.

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