In a call Trump had with President Emmanuel Macron of France, the two discussed “the need to confront the increasingly dangerous situation associated with North Korea’s destabilizing and escalatory behavior,” according to a White House readout of the call.
During the call, both leaders discussed working with allies to enforce United Nations sanctions and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the statement said.
Earlier Saturday, Macron issued a statement voicing his “concern at the ballistic and nuclear threat coming from North Korea,” adding that the international community should work with Pyongyang to “resume the path of dialogue without conditions.”
Macron said France and other UN Security Council members want North Korea to “proceed with the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear and ballistic programs.”
Trump has also contacted the leader of China and the governor of Guam. Japan, meanwhile, deployed the PAC-3 land-based missile interception system to four different locations.
Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John Kelly, and he posted audio of the call on Facebook.
“Both assured me that the people of Guam are safe,” Calvo wrote. “In the President’s words they are behind us ‘1,000 percent.’ As the head of the Government of Guam, I appreciate their reassurances that my family, my friends, everyone on this island, are all safe.”
North Korea’s estimated splashdown of missiles aimed toward Guam would place them just outside Guam’s 12-nautical-mile territorial…
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