The Wall Street Journal: China’s Xi urges Trump to exercise restraint toward North Korea

BEIJING—In a phone call with President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged restraint in dealing with North Korea, hours after the American leader said military resources were in place, “locked and loaded,” should Pyongyang “act unwisely.”

Both sides emphasized different takeaways from the call, which was expected to occur.

According to a statement issued by the White House early Saturday, “the leaders affirmed that the recent adoption of a new United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

“President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior,” the White House statement said.

According to an account of the call published by state broadcaster China Central Television, Xi said all sides should “avoid words and deeds that increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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