French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis

"What they may not know is that China is also forcing and coercing American companies that operate in China to turn over their technologies".

The title of the so-called "301 investigation" that Trump is expected to call for Lighthizer to consider, refers to Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974, which authorizes the president to work to remove or retaliate against a practice by a foreign government that is "unjustifiable and burdens or restricts United States commerce".

Several Twitter users have over the last 24 hours reported Trump's tweet, which threatened violence against North Korea.

In 1962, as the United States and the Soviet Union wobbled toward nuclear confrontation, then-President John F. Kennedy got his predecessor on the phone.

The latest step follows the opening by the Trump administration of several other investigations into Chinese commercial practices, notably in the steel sector.

The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".

The comments came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded".

Saturday that Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the upcoming memo during a phone call Friday. Xi urged both sides not to do anything that would aggravate tensions.

Stocks Regain Ground But Still Close Lower For The Week
The Labor Department said its consumer price index inched up by 0.1% in July after coming in unchanged in June. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 10 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,399.

The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

The man behind the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea's nuclear weapons program is another story. In April, he said he wouldn't label China a currency manipulator, in return for help in dealing with North Korea.

"If Americans continue to have their best technologies and intellectual property stolen or forcibly transferred off-shore, the United States will find it hard to maintain its current technology leadership position", they added.

He made comments Saturday while visiting his father's tomb in his ancestral hometown of Nagato in western Japan.

The ministry did not confirm whether Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles.

He also warned its leader Kim Jong-un that he hoped the dictator would find another path.

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

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