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Trump, Xi Discuss 'Menace Of North Korea' In Telephone Call


U.S. President Donald Trump (right) welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping by telephone about what be called the North Korean "menace."

In a tweet on April 12, Trump said that he "had a very good call last night with the president of China concerning the menace of North Korea."

The call came after Trump said on Twitter that Washington would "solve the problem" alone if Beijing did not do more to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Xi stressed that China "advocates resolving problems through peaceful means," Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported -- a warning against the use of force by the United States.

Trump earlier ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft-carrier group to head to the Korean Peninsula in an attempt to deter North Korea's nuclear and long-range missile ambitions, which it is developing in defiance of UN resolutions and sanctions.

Trump had also urged China to do more to curtail North Korea's nuclear program when he met with Xi last week in Florida.

According to a brief description of the call released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Xi also told Trump during their conversation that China was willing to keep working with the United States on denuclearization.

"China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula, insists on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means," Xi was quoted as saying.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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