China's Xi Jinping calls Donald Trump, urges peaceful North Korea resolution

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

North Korea is, for all practical purposes, China's client state.

"We just didn't do it in public", she said.

"We'll always consider negotiations, but they've been negotiating now for 25 years", Trump said, adding that efforts by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama failed to end North Korea's nuclear threat.

"A lot of Americans are on edge with this rhetoric going back and forth with us and North Korea", one reporter asked. Beijing has been remarkably quiet as US President Donald Trump and North Korea's premier Kim Jong-un have exchanged apocalyptic threats.

Trump also said that if Kim does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will "truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

China has called on South Korea and the suspend large-scale military exercises in return for the North halting its programs in order to facilitate talks. Yet Trump and Mattis seem committed to military action if North Korea provokes it.

In Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described his country and the being "joined at the hip", the South China Morning Post reported. The unusually precise statement said the four missiles would be launched simultaneously and overfly the Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi. Trump tweeted a day after his defence secretary said the United States was ready to counter any threat from Pyongyang.

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged US President Donald Trump to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions with North Korea as an escalating war of words raised global alarm. "If Kim Jong Un said he would hit Anchorage, would he say, go ahead hit Anchorage and see what happens?", Underwood said.

Puriama said the OCD would also coordinate with concerned government agencies to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino people, should the Philippines get hit by the forthcoming attack by North Korea against the US.

Trump responds by saying North Korea will be met with "fire and fury".

U.S. ally Japan has braced itself for a potential strike by North Korea near the USA territory of Guam, with the Japanese military installing four surface-to-air missile interceptors in the country's west.

Trump's comments, made from his golf club retreat in New Jersey, came after the North announced a detailed plan to send four missiles over Japan and towards Guam, where some 6,000 United States soldiers are based.

Meanwhile, China has reiterated calls for all sides to maintain calm and reduce tensions over the Korean Peninsula.

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