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China's president urged a peaceful solution for North Korea after Trump's combative tweets


UPDATE 8:23 a.m. EST: Trump said he had a "very good call" with Xi.

UPDATE April 12, 6:21 a.m. EST:

Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Trump early Wednesday to urge a peaceful solution in North Korea, Chinese media reported. 

Xi thanked Trump for his hospitality during their meetings in Florida but urged "resolving the problem through peaceful means," referring to North Korea, The Washington Post reported.  Trump had tweeted earlier that North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the U.S. would "solve" it with or without China.

It is irresponsible and even dangerous to take any actions that may escalate the tension. All relevant parties should exercise restraint ...
Lu Kang, China's foreign ministry spokesman

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang criticized "any actions that may escalate the tension" and urged both parties to remain calm.

Kang also said Xi made the call at Trump's request. 

ORIGINAL STORY: President Trump tweeted Tuesday that a trade deal with China would be "far better for them" if they "solve the North Korean problem," shortly after U.S. aircraft carriers were sent near North Korea.

Trump, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida last week, has previously said the U.S. will act alone, including possible military action, to curb North Korea's nuclear program if China does not step in. 

Here are Trump's Tuesday morning tweets on the subject.

North Korea has warned that it is ready for "any mode of war desired by the U.S." after the USS Carl Vinson led a strike force toward the country.

The country also vowed to bolster its defenses after the U.S.' missile strike on Syria, which it condemned.

Saturday is an important day in North Korea, as it marks the 105th birthday of founding president Kim Il Sung. U.S. officials expect this may prompt a show of force. 

Trump has condemned China for not taking enough against North Korea in the past.

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