Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to “avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula” following the US President’s repeated outspoken statements on the nuclear crisis.
Mr Trump has warned North Korea it faces “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if its continues to threaten the US with missiles, and issued similar threats after provocations from Pyongyang that included a claim it was planning a strike on Guam.
In a phone call, Mr Trump and Mr Xi “agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour,” the White House said in a statement, and reiterated their mutual commitment to removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.
It added the relationship between Trump and Xi was “extremely close” and “will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem”.
Mr Trump, holidaying at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, tweeted on Friday that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely”.
But he insisted that “nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump.”
China’s foreign ministry said Mr Xi told his US counterpart that a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue was essential, and urged calm.
“Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula,” it cited Mr Xi as saying