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AFP: France's Macron warns against 'escalation of tensions' over N.Korea

AFP: France's Macron warns against 'escalation of tensions' over N.Korea

12 August 2017 | 14:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, AFP reported.
In a statement, Macron voiced his "concern at the ballistic and nuclear threat coming from North Korea", saying the international community needed to work to get Pyongyang "resume the path of dialogue without conditions".
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Reuters: North Korea says nearly 3.5 million volunteer for People's Army as tensions rise

Reuters: North Korea says nearly 3.5 million volunteer for People's Army as tensions rise

12 August 2017 | 11:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Pyongyang. North Korea said on Saturday that nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington, Reuers reported.
Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.
Earlier this week, nuclear-armed North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.
KCNA said on Wednesday a mass rally was held in Pyongyang to support the government. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.
In August 2015, 1 million North Koreans offered to enlist or re-enlist in the army when a mine exploded in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, raising additional tensions.
North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.
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The White House: US forces 'ready' to protect Guam against N. Korea

The White House: US forces 'ready' to protect Guam against N. Korea

12 August 2017 | 08:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said early Saturday, AFP reported.
During a call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, President Donald Trump "reassured" him that "United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America," a statement read.
It said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke with Calvo separately during an earlier call.

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 Deutsche Welle: North Korea: Donald Trump ignores Angela Merkel's pleas against violence

Deutsche Welle: North Korea: Donald Trump ignores Angela Merkel's pleas against violence

12 August 2017 | 06:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Berlin. US President Donald Trump on Friday brushed aside German Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism of the increasing tension between the United States and North Korea, saying she did not speak for his country, reported Deutsche Welle.
"Let her speak for Germany," Trump told reporters in New Jersey when asked about her comments.
"She's a very good friend of mine," Trump said. "Maybe she's referring to Germany, she's certainly not referring to the United States."
Merkel had earlier Friday condemned the escalating rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington, saying that Germany's government believed the conflict could not be solved by military means.
"Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response," Merkel told reporters in Berlin.
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The Hill: Trump on North Korea: 'Hopefully it will all work out'

The Hill: Trump on North Korea: 'Hopefully it will all work out'

12 August 2017 | 02:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. President Trump on Friday sought to calm frayed nerves over his war of words with North Korea, saying “hopefully it will all work out,” writes The Hill.
Trump spoke after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at his New Jersey golf club.
The president said he wants a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He said he would be speaking Friday night with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the situation.
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