- Title: France calls on all sides to de-escalate North Korea situation
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS FOR AGENCY POOL) CASTANER ARRIVING FOR NEWS BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPHE CASTANER, SAYING: "France's position is that it's preoccupied by what is happening. You all know like me that today North Korea is capable of firing an intercontinental ballistic missile with missiles which can cross distances of 6,000 to 9,000 kilometres. And then, the American media has reported these past days about its capacity to nuclearise its ballistic missiles." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPHE CASTANER, SAYING: "What I note, and France has contributed to this, is the U.N. Security Council's unanimous resolution to denounce this situation. And France has contributed to this, alongside the United States but also alongside the Chinese who have contributed to this. And so, we call on all parties to act responsibly and de-escalate the situation."
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2017 15:00
- Keywords: North Korea France calls for de-escalation United States ballistic missiles
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA0026TFQSZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: France on Wednesday (August 9) called on all the concerned parties to act responsibly and de-escalate the situation regarding North Korea, after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
French government spokesman Christophe Castaner said France was "preoccupied" by the situation during a news briefing at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.
North Korea's threat against Guam came just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump had said that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."
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