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China cautions Trump over North Korea 'words and deeds'

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Mr. Xi also called on "relevant parties to maintain restraint" and to "persist in the general direction of dialogue, negotiations and a political settlement", CCTV said".

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea", Trump said then.

China, North Korea's biggest ally and trade partner, has been voicing concern at the mounting exchanges and a state-run newspaper suggested that Beijing should stay neutral if Pyongyang struck the USA first.

"Through its participation in this year's ASEAN Regional Forum, North Korea realized the position that it is in, in the worldwide community, and at the same time clearly confirmed continuing with more provocations will only place it in a more hard situation", Cho said.

Trump understands China's efforts to resolve the issue, the report said, and both leaders agreed to keep in close contact. "And I can tell you there are no good military options against North Korea".

"I support peace, I support safety, and I support having to get very tough if we have to protect America or our allies", said Trump.

Trump refused to retreat from his verbal clash with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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Mr Trump kept up the war of words on Twitter shortly after the North Korean state news agency, KCNA, put out a statement blaming him for the escalated tensions.

President Donald Trump later offered reassurance to residents of Guam.

There was no obvious march towards combat, a day after North Korea laid out plans to strike near the USA island territory and major military hub of Guam, despite the angry rhetoric from both sides, but the stage is set for new confrontation.

A White House statement on the phone call did not mention the apparent plea to the United States president.

As of late Thursday, two USA officials said the threat with regards to North Korea had not changed, additional assets were not being moved into the region and intelligence did not show indications of North Korea preparing a missile launch.

But when US President Donald Trump said the US would respond to the next North Korean threat with "fire and fury unlike the world has ever seen", he did not demonstrate similar forethought.

"I am anxious a little bit, because it appears to be the Trump administration has an offensive characteristic", said Kim Ki-sung in Seoul's financial district. The isolated nation, earlier this week, laid out a detailed plan to launch ballistic missiles into waters near Guam, a US territory.

Japanese media said Tokyo was deploying its Patriot missile defence system following Pyongyang's threat to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards Guam. "I think we're very unified and we have been right from the very beginning".

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