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(LEAD) Xi urges Trump to seek peaceful resolution to N. Korea issue

All News 14:15 April 12, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details; MODIFIES headline)

BEIJING, April 12 (Yonhap) -- In phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution to the North Korea issue, Beijing's media reported amid heightened tensions on the peninsula.

Xi told Trump that China hopes for cooperation with the U.S. to deal with the problem with "peaceful means" to achieve the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, according to the state broadcaster, China Central Television.

They also agreed to strengthen high-level consultations, with Trump saying he is looking forward to visiting China later this year, it added.

An image of Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump in a photo provided by Yonhap News TV (Yonhap)

Their unannounced phone talks came less than a week after their first summit meeting in Florida. They produced no concrete deal on the North Korea issue, raising doubts about future partnerships between the global powers.

In his new Twitter message, Trump made it clear that his administration will handle the troublemaker North Korea on its own if Beijing is unwilling to help.

"North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.," he said.

The flamboyant president did not elaborate. His administration has stated that it leaves "all options" open.


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