Trump discusses N.Korea with Xi, Abe

Indo Asian News Service

Beijing/Tokyo, April 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday where he discussed North Korea with the two Asian leaders amid heightened tensions surrounding the country.

Xi urged Trump to exercise restraint in the matter, saying the relevant parties will have to work together to resolve the issue.

"China hopes all parties can exercise restraint on the North Korea issue, and not take provocative actions," the People's Daily quoted Xi as saying in his phone conversation with Trump.

Xi stressed China is strongly against any action that would violate any UN Security Council resolutions.

The Chinese President added: "Only if all parties take their responsibilities and work together can the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue be solved."

"The only way to realise denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula and quickly resolve North Korea's nuclear problem is for each relevant party to fulfil its duties," said a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Besides North Korea, Trump and Xi also talked about bilateral ties, pledging close contact through various means to promptly exchange views on major issues of common concern, the daily reported.

This was the second phone call between the two leaders this month.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang did not speak much on the development, saying China's position on the matter was clear to the relevant countries.

On April 12, Xi and Trump talked about the Korean Peninsula situation, and matters related to Syria.

Geng also said it should not be surprising if there were more telephonic talks between the two leaders in future.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Abe described his 30- minute phone conversation with Trump as "intensive", public broadcaster NHK reported.

He expressed appreciation for Trump's words and actions.

Abe said they agreed to strongly urge North Korea, which continues to make dangerous provocations, to show self-restraint.

The Prime Minister stressed that North Korea's nuclear and missile development is "a grave security threat to Japan and the international community".

"Japan will continue to closely work with the US to maintain a high level of vigilance against possible North Korean actions," Abe added.

The phone calls came amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, with concerns growing over the possibility of a sixth nuclear test.

--IANS

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