BEIJING (Sputnik) — France believes that North Korea will only return to the UN bargaining table if the country faces even harsher international sanctions, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a press conference following talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang on Friday.
According to the French diplomat, there is no military solution to the North Korean problem, voicing Paris' strong opposition to the possible measure.
"It is only a final, extreme measure," Le Drian added.
Macron has repeatedly stated that Pyongyang's provocations were a threat to peace and security in the world.
In September, reports emerged that Paris was even considering skipping this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, over safety concerns on the Korean Peninsula.
Over the past months North Korea has carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, prompting worldwide criticism and the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The international community, including France, has criticized the military activities of the isolated Asian nation and tightened the sanctions against Pyongyang in response to its provocative actions.