09:27 GMT25 February 2021
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    US President Donald Trump on Saturday held a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, stressing that the United States is ready to apply all available measures, including the military ones, to settle the North Korean nuclear issue, the White House said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The leaders also discussed the need to confront the "increasingly dangerous situation" with Pyongyang’s destabilizing behavior.

    "President Trump reiterated to President Macron the United States’ commitment to stop the North Korean nuclear menace. President Trump stated that the United States is ready, along with its allies, to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures to achieve that goal," the readout of the phone call released by the White House said.

    "President Trump and President Macron pledged to work together with allies and partners to enforce United Nations sanctions and achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the readout said.

    Meanwhile, in a separate statement issued by the Elysee Palace on Saturday, Macron urged the international community to refrain from escalating the situation around North Korea.

    The tensions around North Korea have been high over the recent months and they have escalated further after the tightening of economic sanctions against North Korea by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Saturday in response to July's launches of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang.

    The move prompted harsh criticism from Pyongyang which subsequently vowed to use any means possible to retaliate against the United States after the UNSC approved the new US-drafted sanctions. Trump in turn, warned, that North Korea’s possible actions would be met with "fire and fury" from the United States. Following the statement, Pyongyang said it is considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several US military bases were located.

    On Friday, Trump said that US military solutions are "fully in place, locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely."


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