Xi and Trump talk on the phone about DPRK

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Xi and Trump

China hopes all parties can exercise “restraint” on the DPRK issue, and not take “provocative actions”, said Chinese President Xi Jinping during a phone conversation with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Monday.

Xi stressed China is strongly against any action that would violate any U.N. Security Council resolutions. The Chinese president added that only if all parties take their responsibilities and work together can the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue be solved.

The phone conversation came amid rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, with concerns growing over the possibility of a sixth DPRK nuclear test.

During the phone call, the two presidents also talked about bilateral ties, pledging close contact through various means to promptly exchange views on major issues of common concern.

Xi called for strengthening communication and cooperation between the two countries in fields including trade, military, law enforcement, the Internet and culture.

Trump has spoken highly of his meeting with Xi at Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this month, saying he is looking forward to meeting with President Xi again. Trump also added that he is looking forward to his visit to China .

This was the second phone call between the two leaders this month. On April 12, Xi and Trump talked about the Korean Peninsula situation, and matters related to Syria.

The phone conversation was “a good thing” for the two countries and the whole world, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang said at a regular press conference on Monday.

Geng told reporters that the phone call showed close communication between the two influential leaders, and that it is good for them to exchange views on issues of mutual concern. “There is no need to be surprised that the two leaders are maintaining such close contact,” he said.

Story by CGTN