France's Macron speaks to Trump, warns over N Korea escalation

"Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you".

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

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

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

The phone call with the French President came hours after Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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China Central Television on Saturday cited Xi as saying that Beijing and Washington are both interested in the denuclearization of the peninsula.

Macron said France and other UN Security Council members want North Korea to "proceed with the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear and ballistic programmes".

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that U.S. military solutions were "fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Trump has long vowed to pressure China to rein in North Korea, particularly its rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs. "Hopefully, it will all work out", he said Friday.

"What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed", he said.

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

The talks ramped up after President Donald Trump's inauguration, according to the source familiar with the negotiations, with the US side aiming to secure the release of Warmbier and the other Americans held in North Korea.

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.

"It would mean the end of their country as they know it", he said.

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