France's Macron speaks to Trump, warns over N Korea escalation


North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping, in a call with President Donald Trump, said all sides should avoid rhetoric or action that would worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"The two presidents agreed to remain in contact over the coming days", it added.

"Trump reiterated to President Macron the United States' commitment to stop the North Korean nuclear menace".

Macron had joined a chorus of worldwide voices urging restraint in the crisis, which has alarmed the global community as Trump has engaged in days of verbal sparring with Pyongyang.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the USA "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK".

He also assured "France's allies and partners in the region of our solidarity in the current period".

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.

As The Toronto Star noted, Trump's rhetoric during his North Korea remarks Tuesday ― specifically that the US would issue a response "like the world has never seen" ― closely mirror statements he's made before on food prices, the Chinese military and his grassroots campaign, among other things.

Earlier this week, France had praised Trump's "determination" in standing up to Pyongyang.