U.S. has been conducting back-channel talks with North Korea for months

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

Macron said France and other UN Security Council members want North Korea to "proceed with the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear and ballistic programmes".

North Korea's estimated splashdown of missiles aimed toward Guam would place them just outside Guam's 12-nautical-mile territorial waters.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

"Very strong ones. They are already very strong", he said.

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"What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed", he said.

He continued: "I hope they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said. I think the president was doing this as a means to get people's attention, including the Chinese", he added.

Trump escalated his rhetoric against North Korea on Tuesday, telling reporters at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club that any future threats from Pyongyang would be met by "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

According to the source, the talks are being held between Ambassador Joseph Yun, the USA special representative for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's United Nations mission, using what's known as the "New York channel", which has been an avenue of communication between the US and North Korea throughout the years.

The White House said the "relationship between the two presidents is an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem".

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