Xi calls Trump to urge restraint over North Korea: Chinese leader pleads with President to avoid 'exacerbating' nuclear tensions after warning that US armed forces are 'locked and loaded'

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

The call came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the U.S. military 'locked and loaded' and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he 'will regret it fast' if he takes any action against U.S. territories or allies.

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged calm in a phone call to Trump over N. Korea
Tensions between the US and Korea have escalated in recent days
US President recently said military is 'locked and loaded' to take out Kim Jong Un
Trump has publicly criticized China for not being tougher with North Korea
The US sees North Korea's nuclear program as a threat to global stability
Trump threatened Un with 'fire and fury' earlier in the week
North Korea responded by saying it would lob ballistic missiles at Guam
The US is scheduled to participate in military exercises with South Korea
Recent reports indicate that a diplomatic 'back channel' has ben opened between US and North Korea

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

 

By Associated Press

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