28 September 2017

News Story: French FM expresses reservations over escalating rhetoric between U.S., DPRK

PARIS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday expressed reservations about escalating rhetoric between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), urging more diplomatic pressure to end the nuclear crisis.

In an interview with BFMTV news channel, Le Drian warned that the verbal clash between U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un has made "the world living in a dangerous period" of unprecedented tension since the end of the Cold War.

"There could be an incident, we need to avoid incidents...so the necessity to act strongly to make North Korea (DPRK) sit on the table of negotiation," he added.

"We have to be extremely firm. Sanctions have been taken, reinforced," he stressed.

In recent weeks, Trump and Kim exchanged bellicose statements, escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula and raising prospects of military action after Pyongyang conducted its sixth missile test on Sept. 3.

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