United States president Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Saturday and agreed to work together on a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the White House said in a statement. North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call. Trump and Macron spoke over phone and discussed the need to confront the increasingly risky situation regarding North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behaviour, the White House said.
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. "Meanwhile, France is silent", the statement read.
The statement came just hours after Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged Trump in a separate phone call to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions with Pyongyang.
Last week, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approved sanctions against North Korea, whose missile and nuclear program have been a source of concern for the global community for a long time. Pyongyang then said it was considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several United States military bases are located. Far from toning down his words after saying on Tuesday that any threats by Pyongyang would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said those remarks may have not gone far enough.
That prompted Trump to reassure citizens of the U.S. territory that the American military was prepared to ensure their safety.