Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Xi urges Trump to avoid exacerbating North Korea tensions

Mr. Xi also called on "relevant parties to maintain restraint" and to "persist in the general direction of dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement", CCTV said".

It comes after USA intelligence analysts concluded that North Korean scientists had developed a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile.

North Korea specifically threatened Guam on Wednesday in response to Trump's Tuesday promise to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" upon the rogue nation should they threaten the USA again.

"Mr. President, as the governor of Guam representing the people of Guam, and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or confident with you at the helm", Gov. Calvo said.

"This man won't get away with what he is doing", he said.

The two leaders affirmed that the recent adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, the White House after the phone call.

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Earlier today, Mr Trump sent North Korea a direct warning, claiming the U.S. is "locked and loaded" for war.

See the president's full remarks in the video below. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday his government would back the United States if North Korea attacked.

In an earlier call, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Calvo: "We are all over this".

The defense ministry deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which North Korea had warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that "the risks are very high" that the USA and North Korea could go to war, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said an escalation in language was "the wrong response".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday she opposed any use of force to resolve the conflict with North Korea, AFP reported.

"I will do my best to secure our people's lives and property", Abe said without elaboration.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration is working with its allies on a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions with North Korea.

As of late Thursday, two U.S. officials said the threat with regards to North Korea had not changed, additional assets were not being moved into the region and intelligence did not show indications of North Korea preparing a missile launch.

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