This morning the US President tweeted: “Had a absolutely good call last night with the President of China with respect to the menace of North Korea.”
Donald Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the phone to discuss the escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.
Mr Xi took the chance to call for a peaceful resolution amid fears that the US could believe unilateral action against Kim Jong-un.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that Mr Xi put China “is committed to the target of denuclearisation on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and sturdiness on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means.”
The unexpected give someone a ring call came after Mr Trump tweeted: “North Korea is looking for dispute. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will decipher the problem without them!
“I explained to the President of China that a traffic deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean mess!”
Tensions have escalated further today after reports that Japan is planning to couple a US Navy strike group in the waters off the Korean peninsula.
Chinese Unfamiliar Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, who said Trump had initiated the phone collect summon, urged all the actors involved to maintain peace and stability.
“We hope that the significant parties do not adopt irresponsible actions. Under the current circumstances, this is darned dangerous,” Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing.
The unexpected give someone a ring call came after Mr Trump and Mr Xi discussed the threat posed by North Korea during a face-to-face union in Florida last week.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the meet that Mr Xi understands that “action has to be taken” to stop North Korea’s atomic weapons programme.
Mr Xi did not make any public commitment on North Korea, but there are badges that China is taking a tougher line on its long-time ally and buying partner.
On Monday China and South Korea agreed to slap tougher vouchsafes on North Korea if the country carries out nuclear or long-range missile check-ups, according to an official in Seoul.
Yesterday White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer disclosed: “China has had a very economic and political influence on North Korea across the years, and I think that when it comes to a shared national entertainment of ensuring that Korea doesn’t obtain the nuclear capabilities to intimidate any people, that is something that we should all agree upon and is something that he talked nearly with President Xi as an area shared national interest.
“And I think that North Korea demonstrably understands where the United States stands on this, and I think he would allowed President Xi weighing on this a little bit more.”