Trump, Jinping unite over looming North Korea provocation

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United States President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed that ‘North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour’.

“The leaders (Trump and Xi) affirmed the recent adoption of a New United Nations Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” said a statement released by the White House following a telephonic conversation between Trump and Xi.

The two also reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Chinese President Xi urged for restraint on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Describing the escalating situation on the Korean Peninsula as highly complex and sensitive, Chinese foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, “Beijing hopes all relevant parties to speak and act with caution and do more things that are conducive to deescalating the tense situation and enhancing mutual trust among parties, rather than relapse into the old path of showing assertiveness and escalating tensions.”

Earlier Trump reiterated his bellicose rhetoric on North Korea and warned Kim Jong Un that if any of the U.S. territory is attacked, he “will truly regret it.”

He also issued a warning to North Korea on Friday, saying that the US military is ‘locked and loaded’ to deal with any provocation from Pyongyang.

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