White House: Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron on growing North Korea's threat

13 August, 2017, 16:42 | Author: Brenda Erickson

North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call. North Korea responded by detailing a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the USA territory of Guam, home to US military bases.

"Trump reiterated to President Macron the United States' commitment to stop the North Korean nuclear menace".

In a statement Saturday, Macron said the situation "undermines the preservation of worldwide peace" and the North Korean regime "poses a serious threat to the security of its neighbors".

They added that the trade measure would be carried out under the rules of worldwide law and would not trigger greater conflict with China.

Trump had been expected to order a so-called Section 301 investigation under the 1974 Trade Act earlier this month, but action had been postponed as the White House pressed for China's cooperation in reining in North Korea's nuclear programme. "The previous three presidents were not able to find an adequate solution [to the North Korea crisis], so he can't be blamed for all this".

"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the US from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization", he said. "And I think China will do a lot more".

The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.

Several Twitter users have over the last 24 hours reported Trump's tweet, which threatened violence against North Korea.

Gordon Sun (孫明德), director of the Economic Forecasting Center under the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, warned that if the US eventually imposes trade sanctions against China, "Taiwan should not take pleasure in (China's) misfortune". "This is tragicomedy of its own making".

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Trump's "reckless" action began Tuesday with his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang.

Saturday that Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the upcoming memo during a phone call Friday. Xi, in his phone conversation with Trump, urged calm.

The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

The North Korean nuclear issue needs a peaceful resolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping tells US President Donald Trump. "China is widely recognised as the biggest source of the problem", he said.

"If Americans continue to have their best technologies and intellectual property stolen or forcibly transferred off-shore, the United States will find it hard to maintain its current technology leadership position", they added.

The ministry did not confirm whether Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles.

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

Asked Friday if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

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