USA has been conducting back-channel talks with North Korea for months

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

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. Guam is a U.S. territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles. It said Wednesday that plans for a strike near the island would be complete by mid-August. And this man will not get away with what he is doing, believe me. Guam's Homeland Security adviser, George Charfauros, said on Friday it would take 14 minutes for a missile fired from North Korea to reach Guam.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Donald Trump's decision to explicitly threaten North Korea as part of his escalating war of words with Kim Jong Un has made the nightmare scenario feel more likely than ever.

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Neighbouring powers have urged restraint. "Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk", he wrote on Twitter in July.

The North Korean Government accused President Clinton today of provoking it with threats of war after he warned that the United States would retaliate if North Korea developed nuclear arms.

Earlier this week, Trump said that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it made further threats against the US, and then on Thursday, he suggested that those words may not have been "tough enough" after the threats from North Korea continued.

The White House said the "relationship between the two presidents is an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem".

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