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Russia, China repeat calls for restraint over North Korea following Trump’s remarks

Russia and China have repeated their calls for restraint over North Korea amid fears that hawkish stances adopted by US President Donald Trump could spark a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

According to Press TV, the pleas made by senior Russian and Chinese officials on Monday came two days after Trump hinted that the US might use force to stop North Korea from expanding its nuclear program, writing on his famous Twitter account that “only one thing will work” with North Korea.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in response to Trump’s warning that such remarks could only complicate the situation.

“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,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

In similar comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said both the US and North Korea should avoid moves that could negatively affect the current situation, which she said was extremely complex and serious.

Hua said during a news briefing in Beijing that China hoped all sides of the conflict would do nothing to irritate each other or worsen the problem and called on them to speak and act cautiously.

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