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Military action against North Korea is not first choice – Trump

Kim Jong Un inspects ICMB-ready Hydrogen bomb
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program © KCNA / Reuters

United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that military action against North Korea was not a first choice and said he had had a strong and frank discussion with China’s President Xi Jinping about the issue.

“President Xi would like to do something. We’ll see whether or not he can do it. But we will not be putting up with what’s happening in North Korea,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 percent… We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call.”

China said Thursday it agreed the UN should take more action against North Korea after its latest nuclear test, while pushing for more dialogue to resolve the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

“Given the new developments on the Korean peninsula, China agrees that the UN Security Council should make a further response and take necessary measures,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, without elaborating.

“Any new actions taken by the international community… should serve the purpose of curbing the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs, while at the same time be conducive to restarting dialogue and consultation,” he said.

North Korea said it would respond to any UN sanctions and US pressure with “powerful counter measures,” accusing the US of aiming to start a war.