North Korea and the United States accuse each other of verbal escalations
After days of threats, the Chinese president asked Donald Trump to avoid “words and deeds” that could “exacerbate” the crisis. North Korea, United States.
In a statement released on Saturday (August 12th), the White House called Pyongyang to stop its “provocative and climbing” behavior. The statement follows President Donald Trump’s telephone interview with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
For several days, the American president continues to threaten the North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un who would consider shoot missiles near US bases on Guam, in the Pacific. This shooting would be “a crucial warning to the United States,” said the North Korean army. In its statement, the White House warns that US forces “are ready to guarantee the safety and security of the people of Guam, like that of the whole of the United States”.
But in the telephone conversation with Mr. Trump, the Chinese president urged him to avoid “words and deeds” that could “exacerbate” an already tense situation, state television reported. Mr. Xi then called on both sides to “restrain” and “persist in the general direction of dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement. “
The two leaders also welcomed the resolution of the UN Security Council, unanimously adopted on 5 August, which imposes new sanctions on North Korea and which they believe is “an important and necessary step towards the United Nations ‘ Establishment of peace and security in the Korean Peninsula “.
For his part, the president of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, met on Saturday with Donald Trump on the phone. The two heads of state agreed to stay in touch over the next few days, according to a source close to the Elysee. In a statement, the Elysee had called for “the responsibility of all and prevent any escalation of tensions” between Washington and Pyongyang. The head of state also expressed “his concern at the worsening of the ballistic and nuclear threat from North Korea”. London wanted to be more critical of North Korea, saying that “the North Korean regime [was] at the root of this problem,
The day before, Friday, Trump had announced on his Twitter account that “military solutions are in place, locked and loaded, in case North Korea acts recklessly. Hopefully, Kim Jong-un is on a different path! “. He then went on to say that if he did anything about Guam or another US territory or a US ally he would really regret it and he would soon regret it.
The Japanese, who had expressed his concerns about the North Korean threat, began Saturday in deploying its missile system Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) in Shimane, Hiroshima, and Kochi in the west. According to officials of the Japanese Ministry of Defense, quoted by the Kyodo news agency, the government expected to complete the deployment in the morning.
Pyongyang called the US president “an odious fanatic of nuclear war” by the North Korean official agency KCNA. “Trump is leading the situation on the Korean peninsula on the brink of a nuclear war,” she said.
In this crisis, the United States now count on China to harden the tone in front of its North Korean ally. But the Chinese president has for the moment remained behind in the face of the verbal escalation between the two countries, returning them back to back.