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Chinese leader asks Trump for 'restraint' on North Korea
President Trump discussed North Korea's nuclear threat with China's President Xi Jinping late on Friday night, according to the White House.
During the call, Xi urged Trump to show "restraint" in his rhetoric about the crisis, according to the Associated Press.
The "relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula," he told Trump, as quoted by state-run Chinese media.
According to the White House, the two leaders agreed on North Korea, "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and hoped for "a peaceful resolution."
Trump has previously said he is "disappointed" China does nothing but "talk" on North Korea and urged the country to do more to halt North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear program.
The White House also said the two leaders reaffirmed the United Nations' recent adoption of new sanctions against North Korea as "an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."
North Korea has responded to those sanctions with increased aggression, escalating Wednesday to a threat to attack waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.
Over the last week, Trump has issued stern warnings about the U.S. response to North Korea, saying the United States will respond with "fire, fury and frankly power" to such threats. Lawmakers in both parties have raised concerns that Trump's rhetoric is exacerbating an already delicate situation.
Trump tweeted Friday that the military is "locked and loaded" and that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un would "truly regret it" if he attacks the U.S. territory of Guam.
"Hopefully it will all work out," he said later in the day. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution more than President Trump, that I can tell you … But we will see what happens. We think that lots of good things could happen, and we could also have a bad solution."
[Source: By Alicia Cohn, The Hill, Washington, 12Aug17]
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