Don diplo danc­ing

Seeks unity on NK

New York Post - - NEWS - By MARY KAY LINGE With Wire Ser­vices

The North Korea cri­sis sim­mered Satur­day as Pres­i­dent Trump traded his pub­lic bom­bast for pri­vate talks with the lead­ers of France and China.

Trump spoke by phone with Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron of France Satur­day and Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping of China late Fri­day, the White House said.

Xi dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion pleaded for calm, the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry said, telling Trump that both sides “must main­tain re­straint and avoid words and deeds that would ex­ac­er­bate the ten­sion on the Korean Penin­sula.”

China, North Korea’s largest ally and main trad­ing part­ner, has voiced in­creas­ing con­cern over Kim Jong-un’s threats to lob nu­clear mis­siles to­ward the US ter­ri­tory of Guam, and equal worry about Trump’s tough-talk re­sponses.

A Chi­nese state-run news­pa­per sug­gested on Fri­day that Bei­jing would not sup­port Py­ongyang if it struck the US first, and last week China joined a unan­i­mous Se­cu­rity Coun­cil vote for new sanc­tions.

The White House said Trump and Xi con­firmed a com­mon goal of a de­nu­cle­arized Korean Penin­sula dur­ing their phone call and agreed that the North must stop its “provoca­tive and es­ca­la­tory be­hav­ior.”

Mean­while, France on Satur­day con­demned North Korea for its “dan­ger­ous es­ca­la­tion.”

Macron “calls for all par­ties to act re­spon­si­bly and pre­vent any fur­ther es­ca­la­tion in ten­sions,” the Elysée Palace said in a state­ment.

Trump again spoke of pos­si­ble “mil­i­tary mea­sures” if other steps fail.

“Pres­i­dent Trump stated that the United States is ready, along with its al­lies, to ap­ply the full range of diplo­matic, eco­nomic and mil­i­tary mea­sures” to “stop the North Korean nu­clear men­ace,” the White House said af­ter the two lead­ers spoke.

Ja­panese me­dia said Tokyo was de­ploy­ing its Patriot mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem in re­sponse to Py­ongyang’s threat to fire bal­lis­tic mis­siles over the coun­try to­ward Guam, an is­land of 165,000 peo­ple that houses US mil­i­tary bases.

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