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    Washington has placed itself on the same level of rhetoric on the North Korean nuclear issue as Pyongyang, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The White House said in a statement on Saturday, that Trump had held a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, stressing that the United States was ready to apply all available measures, including the military ones, to settle the North Korean nuclear issue.

    "If you look at both Washington's and Pyongyang's rhetoric, it seemed impossible, but it has become almost similar. Thus, Washington placed itself on the same level of rhetoric as Pyongyang's on the issue of the nuclear program on the Korean Peninsula," Zakharova said during a TV show at Rossiya 1 channel late on Sunday.

    Zakharova also noted that such rhetoric was an "unprecedented thing" for a member of the United Nations Security Council.

    The tensions around North Korea have been high over recent months and escalated further after the tightening of economic sanctions against North Korea by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on August 5 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. US President Donald 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 considered an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several US military bases were located.

    UN Security Council (UNSC), Donald Trump, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), Russia, United States
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