North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

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China’s President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid “words and actions” that worsen tensions, state media says.

US president Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea.

But North Korea’s only major ally, China, has been urging both to restraint.

A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop “provocative and escalatory behaviour”.

North Korea’s nuclear program and the international tensions it brought has worsened the long-standing tensions when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Last week’s UN decision to increase economic sanctions against the regime has angered Noth Korea.

According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi told Mr Trump in a phone call that “all relevant parties” should stop “words and deeds” that would exacerbate the situation.

Mr Xi also underlined that China and the US share “common interests” over denuclearization and maintaining peace on the Korean peninsular.

A White House statement on the phone call did not mention the apparent plea to the US president.

It stressed the two men enjoyed a close relationship, which will “hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem”.

President Trump has previously chided China for not reining in North Korea, saying it could do “a lot more”.

Tuesday: “North Korea, best not make any more threats to the United States,” Mr Trump tells reporters. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”

Wednesday: Mr Trump boasts that the US nuclear arsenal is “more powerful than ever”

Thursday: He says that his “fire and fury” warning maybe “wasn’t tough enough”. Asked what would be tougher than fire and fury, he replies, “you’ll see”

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are “locked and loaded” should North Korea “act unwisely”.

With trump issuing almost daily threats to N Korea, he issued a fresh threat on Friday, saying it should expect “big, big trouble” if anything happens to the US territory of Guam.

But he added: “Hopefully, it will all work out. Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you.”

James Mattis, US Defence Secretary, stated on Friday that America still working to solve the North Korea crisis using diplomacy.

He said war would be “catastrophic” and that diplomacy was gaining results.

North Korea has announced plans to fire missiles near the Pacific territory of Guam, but there is no indication an attack is imminent.

For its part Pyongyang has accused Mr Trump of “driving” the Korean peninsula to the “brink of a nuclear war”.

Moscow said the exchange of threats between Washington and North Korea “worry us very much” and Germany has also expressed alarm.

Source: BBC

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