Top US General Jets Into Asia as North Korea Tensions Run High

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United States President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that military solutions were "fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"They discussed the need to confront the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behavior", the White House said in a statement.

The United Nations Security Council just unanimously passed new, stronger sanctions against North Korea's nuclear program.

Calling it "the responsibility of all", Macron called on the global community to "act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done in the (U.N.) Security Council, to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue".

The warm words exchanged between Xi and Trump Friday night in the US masked underlying tensions between Beijing and Washington over how to deal with the errant regime in Pyongyang. He added that China and North Korea understand that Trump "is actually prepared to use military force - credibility that prior administrations simply lacked". While North Korea is testing the patience of its longtime benefactor, such a scenario could lead to a unified Korea and push US troops right up to China's border.

"Trump looks forward to seeing Xi in China later this year, a meeting that will be a very historic event".

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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.

Trump's warning came after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles over Japan towards the US Pacific island of Guam. They may continue launching missile tests but they don't want a war, and the US doesn't want military action either.

The ministry did not confirm whether Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles. The influence of China in Pyongyang seems to be greatly reduced since Kim Jong Un became the North Korean leader in December 2011.

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

Trump said he would consider negotiations with North Korea and declined to discuss the possibility of a preemptive strike against Pyongyang.

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