Trump's statements on North Korea reminiscent of Bush's preventive war doctrine

Macron also spoke by phone with US President Donald Trump with the aim of "getting North Korea to conform to its global obligations", his Elysee office said.

North Korea has reportedly been threatening to attack the US territory of Guam more than 2,000 miles southeast of North Korea in the Pacific Ocean. For one, they didn't want to put somebody in a corner.

The comments came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded".

"President Trump and President Macron pledged to work together with allies and partners to enforce United Nations sanctions and achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the readout said.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the military is ready to counter the threat from North Korea, but also said the effort is being "diplomatically led".

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Abe says: "I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people".

On Friday, the Defense Ministry said it was deploying four of Japan's surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

The american president Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that the United States was willing to take, if necessary, "military action" against North Korea, during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, has reported on the White House in a press release.

According to the White House, Trump and Xi affirmed that the recent adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Asked Friday if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

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