Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue

Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue

"They discussed the need to confront the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior،" the White House said in a statement.

Mr. Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

"The United States military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said, adding that the US has "tremendous military capabilities" and a "very high degree of readiness".

The statement came just hours after Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged Trump in a separate phone call to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions with Pyongyang.

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North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

President Trump over the past week has intensified his rhetoric against North Korea.

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

"The presidents also stressed their mutual commitment to nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula", the statement reads.

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"Trump looks forward to seeing Xi in China later this year, a meeting that will be a very historic event".

Pentagon officials told Fox News on Friday that the U.S. military stands ready to "fight tonight" on the Korean Peninsula, as President Trump said the "locked and loaded" and retweeted images from U.S. Pacific Command showing B-1B Lancer bombers on Guam.

Trump doubled down Thursday, saying his previous bold statements might not have been "strong enough" for Kim Jong Un, whose regime announced a plan to fire four missiles near the USA island territory of Guam in response to the White House's bold rhetoric.

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