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

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"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the US from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization", he said.

The talks ramped up after President Donald Trump's inauguration, according to the source familiar with the negotiations, with the US side aiming to secure the release of Warmbier and the other Americans held in North Korea.

Trump has urged China to apply more pressure on North Korea.

"This crisis has to be solved diplomatically, and obviously the public statements are not very diplomatic", said former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, who served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 and was part of a diplomatic mission to North Korea in 1999. It's also exactly the sort of thing North Korea's supreme leader does routinely, and that's not a leadership model the United States should embrace.

Savage pointed to a Business Insider report citing an expert on North Korea and China who says Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons is "aimed at the eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula".

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"Because we don't really know what's gonna happen, you know".

North Korea responded to Trump's rhetoric by threatening to attack the American Pacific island territory of Guam.

After Trump vowed on Tuesday to treat North Korean threats of hostility with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", the Kim regime announced that it is planning to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean near Guam, a USA territory.

"I hope people learn from history and don't repeat that".

"Now, what do you want to do, wait for Hawaii to go up in ruins?" he asked. During the fallout, those are the people you'll want to eat first. It will look edgy. And if you think I'm being an alarmist, remember the words one Donald J. Trump actually tweeted back in August 2013: "Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III".

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