China urges U.S. not to escalate tensions with North Korea

China urges U.S. not to escalate tensions with North Korea

The President of China, Xi Jinping has called on the President of the United States, Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid “words and actions” that worsen tensions.

Mr. Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the U.S president threatening to rain “fire and fury” on the North.

But China, North Korea’s only major ally, has been urging restraint, the BBC reports.

A White House statement said the U.S and China agreed North Korea must stop “provocative and escalatory behavior.”

Long-standing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme worsened when it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

The regime was also angered by last week’s United Nations decision to increase economic sanctions against it.

According to Chinese state media, Mr. Xi told Mr. Trump in a phone call that “all relevant parties” should stop “words and deeds” that would exacerbate the situation.

Mr. Xi also stressed China and the U.S shared “common interests” over denuclearisation and maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula.

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