US, France pledged to work to denuclearize North Korea

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Just as we reach the 72nd anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Trump is making thinly veiled threats to again use USA nuclear weapons if North Korea continues the same behavior.

The European Union's Political and Security Committee will meet Monday in an extraordinary session called by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to discuss "possible next steps" on North Korea, according to an emailed statement.

Macron had joined a chorus of worldwide voices urging restraint in the crisis, which has alarmed the global community as Trump has engaged in days of verbal sparring with Pyongyang. "We have a rogue dictator in the hermit kingdom who is starving his people, selling them as slaves, trading in contraband, trading in arms, under U.N. sanction without any real influence by the United States or the West", Tauscher told "Power Lunch".

He also assured "France's allies and partners in the region of our solidarity in the current period".

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

Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping, in a call with President Donald Trump, said all sides should avoid rhetoric or action that would worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The warm words exchanged between Xi and Trump Friday night in the USA masked underlying tensions between Beijing and Washington over how to deal with the errant regime in Pyongyang. They may continue launching missile tests but they don't want a war, and the US doesn't want military action either.

There is no military solution to the North Korea nuclear issue. Trump has often used sharp words to argue that China isn't doing enough to rein in North Korea, and has threatened punitive measures on trade if Xi fails to act. North Korea responded by saying it was considering a plan to attack Guam and dismissed Trump's warnings as a "load of nonsense".

Despite the increasingly bellicose statements, Mr Trump's comments did not appear to be backed by significant military mobilisation on either side of the Pacific, while a discreet diplomatic back channel with the regime is reported to remain open.

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