Trump again cites 'military' option against North Korea

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President Donald Trump has threatened to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States.

Trump and Macron spoke over phone and discussed the need to confront the increasingly risky situation regarding North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behaviour, the White House said.

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the worldwide 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".

Earlier this week, France had praised Trump's "determination" in standing up to Pyongyang. The deployment of four Patriot interceptors was expected to be completed Saturday, a spokesman for Japan's Ministry of Defense said by phone.

Trump's "firm break with 20-plus years of failed American policy on North Korea represents the one chance we might have to forestall a massive conflict on the Korean peninsula", said Jaffer in an email.

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"We just didn't do it in public", she said.

Earlier this week, Trump said if North Korea made any more threats to the USA, it will be met with "fire and fury".

Sen. Graham also said he doesn't think Trump needs congressional approval to launch a military strike against North Korea, claiming, "There's nothing in the Constitution limiting the ability to use force to protect America". They may continue launching missile tests but they don't want a war, and the USA doesn't want military action either.

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.

Asked Friday if the US was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

Carter also said China's influence of China in Pyongyang "seems to be greatly reduced since Kim Jong Un became the North Korean leader in December 2011".

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