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French FM on North Korea’s threats: ‘World needs China’s help’

March 11th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

North Korea’s government sounds more menacing by the day.

Last week the country threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States. On Monday, North Korea said it will abandon the 60-year old armistice that ended the Korean War.

The South Korean government is worried, and now there are even calls for Seoul to develop its own nuclear arsenal.

In the video above, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has an exclusive interview with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius about what the world must do to quell the threat from the Korean Peninsula.

Fabius says North Korea’s threat must be taken “very seriously,” but also believes the West must engage in “acute talks” with China, which he believes can play a key role in finding a solution.


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  1. Jerome Zimmerman

    China is supported the terrorists in Libya and Africa.

    March 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • athru

      What a load of BS. The things people say these days to criticize China is getting laughably absurd.
      trolls be trollin'

      March 12, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
  2. Reader from Shanghai

    Didn't China already vote for that UNSC resolution? France is NOT a role model for promoting world peace. In defiance of the world community, it conducted multiple nuclear tests to improve its own nuclear weapon capability. France is a very hypocritical country. It's not qualified to lecture others about world peace.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      >>It's not qualified to lecture others about world peace.

      Neither is the United States

      March 12, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Reader from Cambodia

      Actually NO (I can use capital letters too!) country is "qualified to lecture others about world peace", and It's hard to find any "role model for promoting world peace". Possesing nuclear weapons and testing them is something but opressing populations (no, I'm not referring to the people of Tibet and of NK, no I ain't) is another, and which has been the most harmful ? (Ain't China a nuclear power too?..hmm... could I borrow your history book, please sir?)

      But regardless of that, back to the topic: If any such country existed, what do you think it would tell on China? Probably something close to what our dear French FM said: China HAS (you were right, capital letters are quite useful) to reconsider its position with NK.
      For the sake of PEACE (is this worth capital letters?), and of the NK people, China should move on, time for encouraging another successful communist regime has passed.

      March 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        In this conflict, China is not the problem. North Korea and the United States are.

        March 13, 2013 at 6:01 am |
  3. max

    Hold China accountable for thier client states actions. Right down to the retaliatory nuclear strikes. Make the policy public. China abrupty becomes "helpful".

    March 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • David

      Yes, let's start a new Cold War...brilliant idea, Max. I'm very grateful that you're not at the helm.

      March 12, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
  4. jake

    china is the "parent" in this situation, and north korea is its misbehaving child. Time to take charge there china, and bring yer brat under control. You are responsible for their actions from here on out. You armed them. You gave them the nuke knowhow, and you must take responsibility for whatever north korea does with it. The World will hold you accountable for whatever havoc north korea does. We'll welch on whatever money we owe you and stop buying your crap if you welch on the World at this critical point in time. On top of that, we'll nuke you too if north korea nukes us.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • Xi harshening

      China gave then nuke knownledge? Are you serious?

      March 12, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • mick

      you are foolish!

      March 12, 2013 at 3:35 am | Reply
  5. Bill

    Maybe Kim Chow Mein can help bring back the Mahdi.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  6. Jesmion

    Welcome, the essence is supporting in the wills of God and not at imorality, well, African like every other continents voice her opinions, http://www.mhsc.org.ng

    March 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  7. johnvang

    Remember, USA and western country, china is a superpower and communist country, china will not abandon North Korea
    i believe china lie to western country, i will sanction North Korea make you trust china but i believe 100% china will not
    abandon north Korea do you know china go to North Korea what china told North Korea do you have enough evidence that China is really push North Korea under the world policy nuke. China will test western country how your policy work and how strong you are, do you know how much supply China send to North Korea? no body know, from former " H "
    Lieutenant fighter for USA in Vietnam war.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  8. kkk

    The issue of North Korean can only be dealt by the strategic cooperation between US and China. Therefore, Chinese security and humanitarian concern over North Korean has to be addressed and regarded from the perspective of United States. But it is pretty sad that the peace and stability of East Asia is not at the interest of the United States. To keep the some degree of tension in the region is the priority objective of US foreign policy.

    March 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  9. mick

    when you have a" sick" dog,what can you do?

    March 12, 2013 at 3:39 am | Reply
  10. ppl

    u.s. millitory and weapon companies need an enemy to keep their budget and sell their weapon.
    that's the core question here.

    March 12, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
  11. sand

    iran should nuke israel right now this is a outrage these people wants to take a piece of syria take a piece of syria land nuke nuke kill these israeli kill ireland kill ghana bomb bosten nuke all of them nuke dublin.

    March 12, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
  12. QASIM

    So for as the weapons are concerned i do believe that no country has the right to have this technology . US should first stop itself making dangerous weapons. How come they are producing and selling dangerous weapons to the world.

    March 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply

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