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Sino-US relations

Trump, Xi Jinping discuss North Korean nuclear threat in phone call

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 April, 2017, 12:29pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 April, 2017, 3:58pm

President Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call on Monday morning that Beijing was willing to continue communicating with Washington on issues regarding the Korean peninsula.

Xi said he and Trump had had in-depth communication and reached important consensus when they met in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, earlier this month.

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“We have improved understanding and I have established good working relations with [Trump],” Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.

Beijing looked forward to Trump’s state visit to China, the president said.

The North Korean nuclear issue could be resolved only when relevant parties took up their responsibility, Xi said.

He also called for restraint from all parties when dealing with the issue.

On Monday morning, Trump also had a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding North Korea.

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“I had an in-depth exchange of views with President Trump about the situation in North Korea,” Abe told reporters after the leaders’ third such conversation this month.

Both calls to Xi and Abe were pre-scheduled and initiated by the United States.

Pyongyang said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military prowess.