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Water down your threats against North Korea, China tells US

Water down your threats against North Korea, China tells US

The President of China Xi Jingping has called on the US led by Donald Trump to water down its warnings against North Korea in order not to escalate threats of a nuclear war.

In a plea on phone hours after Trump issued fresh threats to North Korea, Xi said the US should avoid ‘words and deeds’ that provoke Pyongyang, saying it would “truly regret” taking hostile action against the United States.

Commenting further on the matter, Xi urged Trump to avoid “words and deeds” that would “exacerbate” the already-tense situation, exercise restraint, and seek a political settlement.

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Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from Beijing, said the message from Xi to Trump was made clear in the “short, but polite” telephone call.

“This was a chance for the Chinese president to show to his people that he is trying to take the lead in trying to resolve this crisis,” he said.

The US and North Korea have recently been engaged in a war of words with Pyongyang describing Trump’s “fire and fury” threat if an American territory is targeted or attacked by Pyongyang as a “load of nonsense”.

Sensing that his “fire and fury” rage at North Korea may not have struck the right chord, Trump fired another warning at Kim Jong-Un’s government yesterday telling them to “get their acts together” or face extraordinary “trouble”.

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