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China's president urges Trump to use restraint over North Korea

China's president urges Trump to use restraint over North Korea

China's president has warned the U.S. and North Korea not to exacerbate tensions after Donald Trump said Kim Jong Un would "truly regret" military action.

There was no obvious march towards combat, a day after North Korea laid out plans to strike near the U.S. island territory and major military hub of Guam, despite the angry rhetoric from both sides, but the stage is set for new confrontation.

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.

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

China has repeatedly urged a resumption of long-dormant six-party talks to peacefully resolve the crisis, but its position has been overshadowed by the emerging brinkmanship between Trump and Kim.

Speaking from his golf club in New Jersey, Trump said North Korea would be in trouble "like few nations have ever been".

President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping in July.

North Korea carried out its second intercontinental missile test on July 28, later claiming that it now had the capability to reach all of the USA mainland.




China has traditionally been North Korea's closest ally, but it voted in favour of a series of UN Security Council sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime last weekend. Since April, North Korea has successfully launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) believed to have enough range to hit the USA mainland.

Still, Mr Trump amplified the warning on Thursday, saying maybe his "fire and fury" threat "wasn't tough enough".

On Tuesday, he said North Korea will be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", and then Friday morning, he tweeted that the military solutions are "locked and loaded".

"I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean", Trump said Friday.

"I think it takes a combined message there for everyone to get effective movement out of the regime in North Korea".

As North Korea's only real ally, China has more influence than any other nation over the hermit nation.

Speaking to the Press Association in Bristol, Mr Corbyn said: "We can not play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats because do you know what - a nuclear explosion doesn't stop at national borders, it doesn't stop at the vicinity where the bomb drops". I think you know the answer to that.


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