Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

The rhetoric that US President Donald Trump has been using in connection with North Korea is reminiscent of former US President George W. Bush's statements on preventive war, Head of the Regional Security Department of the Defense Studies Center at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Sergei Yermakov said on Friday. Just as we reach the 72nd anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Trump is making thinly veiled threats to again use USA nuclear weapons if North Korea continues the same behavior.

"Force has always been an option, but it has always been the last option, not the first", Soderberg said.

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

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.

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Xi Jinping, the leader of North Korea's key ally China, urged Trump on Saturday to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions, after the USA leader ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the Stalinist regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States. 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. 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.

Abe says: "I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people".

The american president Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that the United States was willing to take, if necessary, "military action" against North Korea, during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, has reported on the White House in a press release.

The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

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