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Russia and China Urge Restraint towards North Korea

10.10.2017 15:49

Russia and China called for restraint after US President Donald Trump warned over the weekend that "only one thing will work" in dealing with North Korea, suggesting that military action is on his mind.

"Moscow has called and continues to call on the parties involved in the conflict and on those who have anything to do with this issue to exercise restraint and to avoid any steps that would only worsen the situation", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call in response to a question about Trump's comment.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated China's position that all parties exercise restraint, describing the situation as extremely complex and serious.

Trump repeatedly has made clear his distaste for dialogue with North Korea. Last week, he dismissed the idea of talks as a waste of time, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was maintaining open lines of communication with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government.