Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue

President Donald Trump's "war of words" with North Korea is not the right way to go about addressing the nuclear threat from Pyongyang, former ambassador Nancy Soderberg told CNBC on Friday. "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".

And that doesn't mean talk hasn't been tough - the USA has been speaking forcefully to North Korea all this time, said Ellen Tauscher, former US under secretary of state for arms control and worldwide security under President Barack Obama .

Trump's warning came after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles over Japan towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has called on all sides in the North Korean nuclear crisis to act responsibly "to prevent any escalation of tensions" after a days-long war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

Earlier in the day, Trump issued his sternest warning yet, saying the military is "locked and loaded" to respond to any provocation from North Korea .

"I think he's made a decision long ago, quite frankly, to try to negotiate the threat with North Korea".

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London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 1.4 percent at the closing bell, also driven lower by losses in the commodity sector. Wilmar International slipped 6.4 per cent or 22 cents to $3.20; Hongkong Land lost 2.1 per cent or 16 U.S. cents to US$7.34.

Soderberg criticizes the president's lack of diplomacy and she personally wishes that the global community increase pressure on North Korea rather than use outright force.

Tensions around the Korean Peninsula started to rise in light of the implementation of the North Korean missile program.

According to the White House, Trump and Xi affirmed that the recent adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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