France's Macron speaks to Trump, warns over N Korea escalation

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Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the global community to "act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done in the (U.N.) Security Council, to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue".

Trump also reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it added.

"All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the United States thousands of times", said a newspaper.

Xi Jinping, the leader of North Korea's key ally China, urged Trump on Saturday to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions, after the USA leader ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the Stalinist regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you".

China Central Television on Saturday cited Xi as saying that Beijing and Washington are both interested in the denuclearization of the peninsula.

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US President Donald Trump called the French President yesterday amid mounting tensions with North Korea the day after he said he was considering further economic sanctions against the nation.

The Chinese foreign ministry said Xi urged Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would "exacerbate" the already-tense situation and to exercise restraint and seek a political settlement. North Korea responded by detailing a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the US territory of Guam, home to USA military bases.

The call came after Trump made a series of aggressive statements directed at Pyongyang on Friday, the most recent one saying that the North would "truly regret" any missile launches toward Guam.

"It would mean the end of their country as they know it", he said.

"What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed", he said.

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