Donald Trump, Xi Jinping unite over looming North Korea provocation

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 17, 2017

It said Trump looks forward to a "very historic" meeting with Xi in China later this year.

"At present, relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula", Xi said, according to the statement.

Saber-rattling from North Koreas has dominated Trump's 17-day working vacation in New Jersey.

North Korea specifically threatened Guam on Wednesday in response to Trump's Tuesday promise to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" upon the rogue nation should they threaten the usa again.

North Korea said it was finalising a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets towards Guam, where United States strategic bombers are based, along with more than 160,000 U.S. citizens. The U.S. orchestrated the unanimous adoption of the resolution in response to the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

Trump has doubled down on his statements on a daily basis since then.

The call came as Japan set up a missile-defense system in western areas of the nation following a threat by North Korea to fire missiles over Japan toward the United States territory of Guam.

China has traditionally been North Korea's closest ally but it voted in favour of a series of sanctions last weekend against Kim Jong-un's government at a UN Security Council vote.

"President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the statement said. "We think that lots of good things could happen, and we could also have a bad solution".

"I will do my best to secure our people's lives and property", Abe said without elaboration.

Trump said he did not want to talk about diplomatic "back channels" with North Korea after United States media reports that Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, had engaged in diplomacy for several months with Pak Song Il, a senior diplomat at Pyongyang's UN mission, on the deteriorating ties and the issue of Americans imprisoned in North Korea.

The state-run KCNA news agency has previously accused the USA president of driving the region "to the brink of nuclear war".

Many others, however, disagreed with the president that his comments might not have been "tough enough".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also called for restraint, saying that "escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

"The president's rhetoric could be aimed at China, but largely it is aimed at North Korea, trying to deter", Roehrig said. The news prompted Trump's promise to rain down "fire and fury" upon the isolated nation.

Xi made the plea in a phone call hours after Trump ramped up his warnings to Pyongyang, saying the Stalinist regime would "truly regret" taking hostile action against the United States.

A White House official noted: "There are military plans for just about any crisis we may face in the world".

The US is now pursuing talks through diplomatic backchannels, however Panetta said he's is concerned about the possibility of a "miscalculation".

Immediate confirmation from the defence ministry was not available but an official at the crisis management office of the Kochi prefectural government said the PAC-3 had been deployed.

Russian Federation boosted its air-defense systems in the far east.

North Korea in the statement denounced the USA -led sanctions as "flagrant infringement upon its sovereignty and an open challenge to it" and threatened Washington with possible retaliatory measures.

-South Korea retaliation targeting North Korea, China would take steps to block such measures.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen in this July 28, 2017 photo in Beijing, spoke to President Trump via phone on Friday. China remains North Korea's major trading partner, providing the regime's economic lifeline.

When I wrote my "2017: The year ahead" article at the beginning of January I said Donald Trump's handling of the North Korean threat would be a major issue and asked: "How will he deal with North Korea when it announces that its nuclear missiles are capable of reaching USA territory?"

Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo had a brief conversation with President Donald Trump on Friday, in which Trump told Calvo he supports Guam "one-thousand percent".

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