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China Shows Readiness to 'Punish Anyone' Who Will Destabilize Korean Peninsula

13 August 2017

Trump, who has pressed China to help rein in its ally Kim Jong-un, spoke with President Xi Jinping by telephone last night.

To underscore the "locked and loaded" comment, Trump retweeted U.S. Pacific Command pictures of bombers on Guam.

President Xi called on "relevant parties" to exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would exacerbate tension, state TV reported, adding that it was in the interests of both China and the USA to pursue the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against American territories or allies.

President Trump has previously chided China for not reining in North Korea, saying it could do "a lot more".

Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo. "If he attacks Guam, it will be "an event the likes of which nobody's ever seen before" in North Korea".

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A statement was also issued by the White House about the phone call that said the two leaders agreed that "North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior."Jinping's advice to Trump over maintaining restraint comes after the USA president threatened North Korea in a tweet Friday where he said the US military was "locked and loaded".

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", he said.

The president vowed to maintain the world's strongest nuclear force, no matter the cost.

On Thursday North Korea threatened to use its young people to "blow the U.S. from this planet".

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", Merkel said Friday, calling on the United Nations. "I have great respect for what China and what Russian Federation did, and we got a 15-to-nothing vote", he added.

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"Hopefully it will all work out", Trump said Friday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday his government would back the USA if North Korea attacked. No doubt, the country's nuclear missile development has progressed at a faster pace than anticipated by the USA government.

Yesterday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing hopes the relevant parties would speak and act cautiously, and do more to ease tension and enhance trust. "Is the USA gonna go to war?" People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances.

He's not gonna threaten South Korea.

"This is a typical brinkmanship", he told CBS2's Alice Gainer.

He said keeping a cool head is best right now and looks to the U.N. Security Council's new sanctions on North Korea as the first focus.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the an editorial Saturday.

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China Shows Readiness to 'Punish Anyone' Who Will Destabilize Korean Peninsula