China's Xi says peaceful resolution needed for N.Korea nuclear issue

A young girl cleans steps as people bow before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il
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During a news conference Friday, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said that despite the fiery rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang, the island is "safe and sound", the Pacific Daily News reported.

"All over the world, they're talking about Guam, and they're talking about you, and I think you're going to get tourism".

The compounding threats came in a week in which the longstanding tensions between the USA and the isolated nation seemed to abruptly boil over.

Long standing tensions between the country have been rising ever since North Korea tested two intercontinental missiles in July.

It test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile twice in July, making it realistic that North Korea will deploy nuclear missiles that have the USA mainland within their range.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to tone down his aggressive language to North Korea, after tensions escalated rapidly this week. The talks have expanded to address the deterioration of the relationship.

The war of words has continued between the US and the North over the last week. They weren't authorized to discuss the confidential exchanges and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Many in Washington and the diplomatic community have criticised Mr Trump for his "fire and fury" comments to North Korea, saying that it does regional peace no good to mimic Kim Jong-un's bombastic rhetoric. The tweet by the Pacific Command read, "USAF B-1B Lancer bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfil USFK's fight tonight mission if called upon to do so".

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Soon after the United Nations resolution, North Korea accused the USA of "trying to drive the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war", according to reports.

Trump declined to explain the boast of military readiness when asked by reporters later in the day at an event highlighting workforce development programs. "At the same time, China will respond if the United States decides to attack North Korea", Asmolov said. She called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the crisis.

Both leaders said they were looking forward to Trump making a state visit to China this year. "Perhaps she is referring to Germany".

"For the United States, it's the place from which you can project power into Asia in an unfettered way", Underwood says.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the U.S.in an editorial Saturday.

He added that he hoped Kim fully understood Trump's words. "While the USA president insists on ramping up the war of words, there is a decreasing chance of any diplomatic solution". "And we are with you 1,000%".

France, another USA ally, weighed in on the tensions on Saturday, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling on North Korea to avoid a further "escalation of tensions".

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