Trump discusses North Korea with France's Macron

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President Donald Trump has threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States.

The leaders also discussed the need to confront the "increasingly unsafe situation" with Pyongyang's destabilizing behavior.

It said the United States was ready "along with its allies, to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures" to end any nuclear threat from the North.

Trump's call with Macron came hours after he talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a separate phone call.

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

There is no military solution to the North Korea nuclear issue.

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".

On Friday, the Defense Ministry said it was deploying four of Japan's surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

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At the same time, a North Korean state news agency statement warned that "even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of ... thermonuclear war".

Asked Friday if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that". North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call. However, the upcoming joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington, during which tensions on the Korean peninsula tend to worsen, start soon, around the 21st of August.

Soderberg criticizes the president's lack of diplomacy and she personally wishes that the global community increase pressure on North Korea rather than use outright force.

"We just didn't do it in public", she said.

According to analysts, shots to Guam would place Washington in a hard position: if the United States did not try to intercept it, their credibility would take a hit, and Pyongyang would feel to grow wings to conduct a missile test intercontinental (ICBM) size.

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