14 August 2017

News Story: Xi urges Trump not to exacerbate tension on Korean peninsular

US President Donald Trump | Chinese President Xi Jinping
BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday to avoid hawkish remarks that could exacerbate already highly running tension on the Korean peninsular, state media reported.

In a telephone call with Trump earlier in the day, Xi again called for a peaceful resolution of North Korea's nuclear ambition and stressed that peace on the Korean Peninsula is the common interest for China and the U.S., according to CCTV.

The phone conversation came a day after Trump ratcheted up tensions with North Korea, saying the military is "locked and loaded" to deal with the regime's provocations.

The warning is the latest in an exchange of bellicose rhetoric that has heightened concerns about a possible conflict between Washington and Pyongyang.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," Trump tweeted. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

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