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Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged the American President, Donald Trump, to restraint in a phone call he had with him on Saturday, after a long a week of blustery rhetoric between North Korea and the US.
The state-run news agency, New China, reported that China’s president, Xi Jinping, said that “concerned parties” should avoid “remarks and actions” that could escalate tensions with North Korea.
He emphasized that China is working with the US for the sake of “common interests” in preserving stability in the region.
The White House stated that the US and China agreed North Korea must stop “provocative and escalatory behavior” – this week, Trump waged a verbal attack on North Korea on the background of its nuclear and ballistic program.
According to Japanese media, Tokyo deployed its Patriot missile defense system on Saturday a while after North Korea threatened to Launch ballistic missiles over the Japan towards the US-held Pacific territory of Guam.
UK’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, stated on Saturday that Pyongyang is responsible for the crisis with the US and must fix it, affirming that London longs to a diplomatic resolution.
He tweeted: “The North Korean regime is the cause of this problem and they must fix it.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said that France and other UN Security Council members want Pyongyang to “proceed with the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear and ballistic programmes,” knowing that the UN Security Council has voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea that could reach up to $1 billion annually.
Source: Asharq Al-Awsat