The leaders of the United States and China have urged North Korea to stop provocative actions amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula with a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea.
After a phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, the White House said in a statement that the leaders agreed that North Korea must stop its “provocative and escalatory behavior” and reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
However, China’s state media including the CCTV network reported on Saturday that Xi, during the phone call, urged all sides to avoid words or actions that raise action. Xi reportedly urged Trump to avoid aggressive remarks and called for restraint regarding the North Korean issue.
Meanwhile, CNN reported that during the phone talks, Trump informed Xi that he will instruct his staff to look into alleged Chinese violations of trade, including forced intellectual property transfers and patent thefts.
Trump has been trying to get China to exert more pressure on North Korea, often mentioning possible steps to address China’s trade violations.