World France discusses increased pressure on North Korea with Trump, Abe

17:50  09 september  2017
17:50  09 september  2017 Source:   Reuters

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PARIS (Reuters) – France ’s Emmanuel Macron discussed increased pressure and sanctions on North Korea on the telephone with U.S President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , the French president’s office said on Saturday.

PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - France 's Emmanuel Macron discussed increased pressure and sanctions on North Korea on the telephone with U.S President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , the French president's office said on Saturday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency © REUTERS North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency France's Emmanuel Macron discussed increased pressure and sanctions on North Korea on the telephone with U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday, the French president's office said.

The three leaders stressed the need for a "united and firm" reaction from the international community toward Pyongyang, Macron's office said.

South Korea was bracing on Saturday for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

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“International society, including Russia and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure ,” Abe said. He said Japan and the United States would take steps toward concrete action but did not give details. Abe and Trump did not discuss military action against North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe crossed the wires earlier today, via Reuters, responding to the latest North Korean missile threat. Trump also said that the United States was “100 percent with Japan” and he showed a strong commitment to Tokyo’s defence.

The French presidency said North Korea's "repeated provocations" were a "threat to peace and international security". It also said Macron had expressed France's "solidarity" with Japan.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has stepped up the development of weapons, testing a string of missiles this year, including one flying over Japan.

Experts believe the Pyongyang government is close to its goal of developing a powerful nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, something U.S. President Trump has vowed to prevent.

(Reporting by Michel Rose,; Writing by Matthias Blamont, Editing by Leigh Thomas and Angus MacSwan)

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