14 August 2017

News Story: Trump, Xi urge N. Korea to stop provocative behavior

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of the United States and China once again called on North Korea on Saturday to stop its provocative actions, which recently have sparked high tensions on the Korean Peninsula, while vowing to cooperate on a peaceful resolution to the North's nuclear issue.

After the phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said in a statement that the leaders agreed that "North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior."

"The presidents also reiterated their mutual commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," it added, stressing, "The relationship between the two presidents is an extremely close one, and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem."

China's state media also reported that Chinese President Xi urged Trump to avoid hawkish remarks that could exacerbate already highly running tension on the Korean Peninsula.

The CCTV said Xi called for a peaceful resolution of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and stressed that peace on the Korean Peninsula is the common interest of China and the U.S.

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