March 9, 2018 / 2:49 PM / 9 months ago

Xi says appreciates Trump's desire to resolve North Korea issue politically

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that he appreciates his desire to resolve the North Korea issue politically, state media said.

Speaking by telephone, Xi told Trump that he hopes all sides can show goodwill and avoid doing anything that may affect or interfere with the improving situation on the Korean peninsula, the report added.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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