France urges DRRK to comply with obligations, prevent further tensions

2017-08-12 15:45:23 GMT2017-08-12 23:45:23(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

PARIS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- France calls on the DemocraticPeople's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to comply without delay with itsinternational obligations and to prevent any escalating tensions,according to a statement issued on Saturday by the Elysee.

In the statement, French President Emmanuel Macron "expresseshis concern" over the deterioration of the ballistic and nuclearthreat from the DPRK, "which undermines the preservation ofinternational peace and security."

Macron's statement came amid a scalding war of words between theDPRK and the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. militarywas "locked and loaded" to deal with the nuclear issue in theKorean Peninsula.

"If North Korea (DPRK) does anything in terms of even thinkingabout attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our alliesor us... they should be very nervous," Trump said on Thursday.

The DPRK military has said that its plan to strike Guam withintermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August, the officialKorean Central News Agency said Thursday.

On Tuesday, Trump issued a controversial warning to the DPRK,saying that threats from the country would be met with "fire andfury like the world has never seen."

Days before the war of words, the United Nations SecurityCouncil, in an exceptional session on Saturday, unanimously adoptedthe Resolution 2371 to impose new sanctions on the DPRK forignoring previous resolutions and its recent intercontinentalballistic missile tests.

The French president also said in the statement that the DPRK"is now engaged in a dangerous escalation, which poses a seriousthreat to the security of its neighbors, as well as to thecontinuation of the international non-proliferation regime."

Macron called on the international community to act in "aconcerted, firm and effective manner" so as to the DPRK back intounconditional recourse to dialogue, the statement added.Enditem