Xi Jinping urges peaceful North Korea solution

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A barrage of North Korean missile tests has stoked United States fears that Pyongyang might soon develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland.

Russia's Foreign Ministry also released a statement expressing concern at the current trajectory around the Korean Peninsula, following a unilateral USA strike on a Syrian airbase over the weekend.

North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the U.S. at any sign of American aggression. "Very powerful", Mr Trump told the Fox Business Network.

But Mr Trump has continued his tough talk towards the isolated nation, boasting of the "very powerful" fleet of United States warships and submarines now headed for the region in an interview on USA television Wednesday morning.

And I will say this.

Traditionally, China has been North Korea's biggest backer, and Trump has accused Beijing of not doing enough to help. "You never know", he said. "I'm not like Obama".

He also repeated that trade concessions could be on the table for more cooperation on North Korea.

Pyongyang has issued a defiant response, saying it is ready to fight "any mode of war" chosen by the USA and even threatening a nuclear strike against U.S. targets.

Earlier yesterday, two sources in Tokyo said Japan's navy planned exercises with the Carl Vinson carrier group in a joint show of force, amid concern over the rapid pace of North Korea's missile development. United States and allied forces prevailed over the North Koreans by October 1950 but then Chinese forces intervened to preclude an absolute victory, a move that created an enduring enmity between China and the USA but also exposed a Chinese strategic imperative that endures to this day.

Trump said that he was very happy to host Xi at Mar-a-Lago in Florida and to have held a very successful US-China presidential summit there.

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Trump said Xi "paused for 10 seconds and then asked the interpreter to say it again".

Talk of war has spread on South Korean social media, but the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June Hyuck said the speculation of imminent war is "groundless", as the USA will not seek military options against Pyongyang without coordination with Seoul. "I can promise you that", he said.

Add to this the fact that China is North Korea's closest ally.

"We have submarines. Very powerful".

China's Defence Ministry, meanwhile, dismissed foreign media reports about a build-up of Chinese troops on its border with North Korea as "pure fabrication".

A phone call between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday was meant to reinforce USA pressure on Beijing to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a US official said.

Trump on Wednesday made his final call to China, saying that the US was prepared to tackle the crisis surrounding North Korea without China if necessary.

This latest aggressive tweet by Trump asserting his threats is alarming to University of Alberta professor Wenran Jiang. US President Donald Trump responded by saying that North Korea was "asking for trouble". Unless China provides help, the USA would "go it alone", Trump said, adding that "going it alone means going it with lots of other nations".

"I hope China can help us".

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