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

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

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

In their phone call, Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour", the White House said in a statement, and reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

In the statement, French President Emmanuel Macron "expresses his concern" over the deterioration of the ballistic and nuclear threat from the DPRK, "which undermines the preservation of global peace and security".

A White House statement said Trump and President Emmanuel Macron had discussed "the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior". The president of the Republic assures France's allies and partners in the region of his solidarity during the current period.

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The tensions around North Korea have been high over the recent months and they have escalated further after the tightening of economic sanctions against North Korea by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday in response to July's launches of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang.

North Korea said on Saturday that almost 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new UN sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington.

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 United States.

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Macron called on the worldwide community to act in "a concerted, firm and effective manner" so as to the DPRK back into unconditional recourse to dialogue, the statement added.

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