Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint Saturday during a phone call with President Trump, stressing the importance of diplomacy and asking that both sides dial back the hostile rhetoric exchanged over the last week.
“At present, relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi said.
Xi’s remarks come after a week of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea that prompted President Trump to threaten “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” an off-the-cuff remark that had some worried about an impending war. Trump also threatened Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “will truly regret it and he will regret it fast” if he attacks the U.S. or one of its allies.
President Trump also tweeted Friday that the United States has “military solutions” that are “locked and loaded,” adding that he hopes Kim Jong Un will “find another path.”
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
North Korea responded Saturday, with an anonymous author in state-run newspaper The Minju Choson writing, “If Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom, they need to be prudent on what they say and how they act.”