Monday, April 24, 2017

China's Xi calls for restraint with North Korea in call with Trump


USA TODAY

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a phone call with President Trump on Monday, Chinese state media reported.

Xi told Trump that China “strongly opposes” actions that violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and that China hopes that “the parties concerned will exercise restraint and avoid actions that aggravate tensions on the Peninsula,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
“Xi noted that if the parties shoulder their due responsibilities and meet each other halfway, they can solve the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula,” Xinhua added.

Vice President Mike Pence warned last week that “the era of strategic patience is over” regarding U.S. policy toward North Korea, as Pyongyang continues its missile program and nuclear weapons tests.

In another phone call earlier this month, Trump said he told Xi that he could get better trade terms from the United States if China helps rein in nuclear threats from North Korea. China is a long-time ally of the North.

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