Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to tone down his aggressive language to North Korea, after tensions escalated rapidly this week. The US leader has been in a battle of words with the secretive state, tweeting yesterday that military solutions were now “locked and loaded” if the East Asian country acted “unwisely”. In retaliation, Kim Jung-un has threatened to strike the US territory of Guam, with officials on the idyllic island since publishing advice on how to survive an attack.
Speaking to the President on the phone, the Chinese politician allegedly urged for restraint on all sides. According to state media in China, Xi said: “At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean peninsula.”
He also stressed that both America and China have “common interests” in achieving denuclearisation in North Korea, as well as hoping to maintain peace. A White House briefing on the call, however, didn’t mention to plea to tone down threats, but did say the two men had a close relationship. “Hopefully [this] leads to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem,” it added. ‘Fire and fury like the world has never seen’ Long standing tensions between the country have been rising ever since North Korea tested two intercontinental missiles in July.
The Asian country was also angered by a UN decision to increase economic sanctions against it last week. Trump has stood by his threat to the nation though, despite concern from world leaders such as Angela Merkal. “I hope they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean. “Those words are very, very easy to understand. This man will not get away with what he’s doing.” He added: “If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat ..or if he does anything in respect to Guam or anyplace else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.”