French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis

Postado Agosto 13, 2017

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Despite the bombastic rhetoric exchanged between North Korean and American leaders this week, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Trump escalated his rhetoric against North Korea on Tuesday, telling reporters at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club that any future threats from Pyongyang would be met by "fire and fury like the world has never seen". That's the question actor Kal Penn wants answered.

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.

The call came after Trump made a series of aggressive statements directed at Pyongyang on Friday, the most recent one saying that the North would "truly regret" any missile launches toward Guam.

Trump has long vowed to pressure China to rein in North Korea, particularly its rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs.

Rep. David Cicilline urged Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday to call back the House from its August recess in order to debate legislation that would require congressional approval for a US pre-emptive strike. "And probably you could say as strong as they get". "Hopefully, it will all work out", he said Friday.

The US is ready along with its allies to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures to stop the North Korean nuclear menace, President Donald Trump told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Satruday. North Korea responded by detailing a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the US territory of Guam, home to USA military bases.

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