Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Koreans have no ounce of freedom, says Undercover journalist

North Koreans have no ounce of freedom, says Undercover journalist

The Labour leader has called on President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to "wind down the war of rhetoric".

Trump's warning came after the North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over Japan towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

Trump has faced some pushback for his fiery rhetoric toward Pyongyang, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis saying the State Department is doing all in its power to "resolve this global threat through diplomatic means".

"It's somewhat reminiscent to me of the history of World War I and how the world kind of blundered into that", Clapper said in an interview with CNN.

"You have this guy [Trump] making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", Ellison said.

"I hope people learn from history and don't repeat that. I think there is still time for other measures, sanctions, diplomacy and all those kind of things", the former spy master warned.

No Easy Military Options in North Korea
Meanwhile, France is urging all sides "to act responsibly and to de-escalate" tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

A White House statement said Trump and President Emmanuel Macron had discussed "the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilising and escalatory behaviour".

The US president also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping by phone to discuss rising tensions over North Korea, it said.

That prompted Trump to reassure citizens of the U.S. territory that the American military was prepared to ensure their safety.

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

According to the White House, Trump and Xi affirmed that the recent adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. But China says it alone can not compel Pyongyang to change course.

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