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China cautions Trump over ‘words and deeds’

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) pose prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit
Image: The White House said the two men agreed Pyongyang must stop

China’s president has warned the US and North Korea not to exacerbate tensions after Donald Trump said Kim Jong Un would “truly regret” military action.

Xi Jinping spoke to the US president by phone amid increasingly belligerent language over Pyongyang’s suggestion that it was formulating a plan to fire missiles into the sea off the US territory of Guam.

“At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” Mr Xi told Mr Trump, according to China’s state-run CCTV.

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Earlier, at his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey, Mr Trump told reporters: “I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean.

“If he does anything with 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.”

He said that millions of Americans supported him because “finally we have a president that’s sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies”.

On Twitter, he said the military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea carried out its threat.

He then called the Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, and assured him that the US military would “ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America”.

The president also predicted the crisis could boost tourism “tenfold” for the US territory.

Mr Trump told Mr Calvo: “All over the world, they’re talking about Guam, and they’re talking about you, and I think tourism.

“I can say this, your tourism, you’re going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you … It looks like a beautiful place.”

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Pyongyang, meanwhile, said nearly 3.5 million North Koreans had volunteered to join or rejoin the People’s Army since the UN imposed new sanctions over its missile tests and nuclear ambitions.

The state-run KCNA news agency has previously accused the US president of driving the region “to the brink of nuclear war”.

The White House said Mr Xi and Mr Trump “reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” and stressed their “extremely close relationship”.

“President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior,” a statement read.

Japan moves its defence missiles into place to the west of the country in readiness for a possible launch from North Korea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also urged both sides to tone down their tough talk.

She said: “I don’t see a military solution and I don’t think it’s called for.

“I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer.”

Mr Trump responded by saying: “Let her speak for Germany. She’s certainly not referring to the United States.”

Japan has begun deploying land-based Patriot interceptors at four cities, while American and South Korean officials said they planned to go ahead with military exercises later this month, which North Korea has described as a rehearsal for war.




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    North Korea’s latest threat comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping – during a visit by South Korea’s leader – said war must not be allowed to break out.

    “The peninsula issue must, in the end, be resolved via dialogue and consultation,” he said.

    South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the presidents had agreed to cooperate in applying sanctions and pressure on the North.

    UN chief Antonio Guterres also said on Thursday that it was vital Security Council resolutions on North Korea were fully implemented by all countries.

    “The worst possible thing that could happen is for us all to sleepwalk into a war,” Mr Guterres said during a visit to Tokyo to meet Japan’s PM.

    North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un continues to defy the international community with regular missile tests and threats of nuclear strikes against the US mainland if provoked.

    The latest test – of a long-range Hwasong-15 rocket – was last month.

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    Despite President Trump’s bombastic language and counter-threats, Mr Tillerson recently offered direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions.

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