BloombergU.S. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping agreed that North Korea must stop provocative behavior, reiterating their mutual commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula amid elevated global tensions.
Trump and the Chinese president affirmed that a recent U.N. resolution was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, according to a White House readout of a phone call between the two leaders Friday night U.S. time.
Xi also told Trump that all concerned parties must maintain restraint and should avoid remarks and actions that could escalate tension, China’s CCTV reported. The U.S. president said earlier that he’s ready to use his country’s military might to end continual threats and provocations by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Tensions have been rising over the past week as North Korea and the United States exchanged a series of threats after the U.N. Security Council agreed to new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, aiming to cut its exports by about $1 billion a year.
Trump warned that Kim Jong Un’s regime would face a devastating military strike if it continued threatening the U.S. North Korea responded by saying that it was “seriously examining” a plan to strike Guam with four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic missiles.
Trump issued another warning Friday, saying that if Kim makes any “overt threat” or strike at a U.S. territory or ally “he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.”
So far, the most significant measures levied against Kim have been United Nations economic sanctions. Trump said that the U.S. was considering further economic penalties against Pyongyang that would be “as strong as they get,” though he offered no specifics. China has the most economic leverage over the Kim regime.Speech