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Xi speaks with Trump, urges restraint over North Korea
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Xi speaks with Trump, urges restraint over North Korea

| | 12 Aug 2017, 10:27 pm
Washington, Aug 12 (IBNS): In his telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged restraint over the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

The concerned parties should avoid remarks and actions that could escalate tensions on the peninsula, Xi was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency, adding China is ready to work with the United States to appropriately resolve the issue.

The concerned parities should strive to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation to reach a political solution, Xi was quoted as saying by the news agency.

He urged both the countries to enhance dialogue and communication.

The North Korea-United States of America 'war-of-words' is at a tipping point now, with both countries threatening to inflict pain on each other.

If Trump scored earlier on Tuesday by stating that North Korea would be 'met with fire and fury like the world has never seen', if it does not stop threatening the US, the Kim Jong-un led nation retorted with a proposed missile strike on Guam, where US strategic bombers are placed.

The North Korean state-run agency KCNA reported that the country was 'carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam.'

However, governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo said in a public message that the territory was not facing any imminent danger but added that it was 'prepared for any eventuality'.

Meanwhile, after days of sneering at North Korea's claims that the country has nuclear weapons, media reports in the US said that the former has indeed managed to make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.

Citing US intelligence officials, the Washington Post reported that the country has progressed at a much faster rate than expected and is capable of striking the US.

Similar reports have also emerged in the Japanese media, who now believe in the 'possible existence' of nuclear weapon in North Korea.

Experts have stated that the recent threats from Kim's men is directly connected to the new sanctions it has received from the UN, where the US played a larger role.

According to the KCNA, the North Korean government has viewed the new ban as a 'violent violation of our sovereignty' and has promised to 'make the US pay'.

According to the new sanctions, importing coal, seafood, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore from North Korea is banned.

Under the new rule, no country can hire or receive North Korean workers.

Countries have also been barred from entering into ventures from North Korea.

The member states will have to report within 90 days on how they have gone about the job.

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