China’s President Xi Jinping has urged both Trump and Kim Jong-un to avoid heightening tensions, stating that both sides should avoid “words and actions” that worsen tensions, state media say.
Xi Jinping urged calm during a phone call on Saturday with President Donald Trump.
Though China is North Korea’s ally, they don’t have a very tightly-knitted relationship as any escaltion of nuclear war angers Beijing.
Xi made clear in the call he was asking both sides to scale down the rhetoric and stressed the importance of diplomacy, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“At present, relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi said, according to the statement.
These words from China come after Trump’s comments that the North Korean regime would be met with “fire and fury” after North Korean officials stated that the US “would suffer a shameful defeat and final doom if it persists in extreme military adventure, sanctions, and pressure,” threatening the US military base at Guam.