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Reckless threats make a horrifying situation worse
The visit to the region by President Donald Trump's top military adviser underlines heightened tensions after a week in which North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and the USA leader exchanged threats.
A White House statementsaid Trump and President Emmanuel Macron had discussed "the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behaviour".
Xi Jinping, the leader of North Korea's key ally China, urged Trump on Saturday to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions, after the U.S. leader ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the Stalinist regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States.
Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the global 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".
As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.
The two leaders also reiterated a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The White House says Trump also told Xi he looked forward to seeing him in China later this year.
The Chinese foreign ministry said Xi urged Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would "exacerbate" the already-tense situation and to exercise restraint and seek a political settlement.
Earlier this week, Trump said if North Korea made any more threats to the US, it will be met with "fire and fury". They may continue launching missile tests but they don't want a war, and the USA doesn't want military action either.
"What Trump did is try to rip apart that diplomatic track by trying to immediately wave his own missiles against those of North Korea". While North Korea is testing the patience of its longtime benefactor, such a scenario could lead to a unified Korea and push US troops right up to China's border.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un responded by threatening, if attacked, to strike targets in or around Guam in the western Pacific. Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the military was "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely". "I think he's there mentally".
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Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam house an estimated 13,000 military members and their dependents.