South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP)
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The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions.China and South Korea have an important shared interest in maintaining peace, and China was willing to work with South Korea to promote talks and support North and South to improve relations, Xi said.South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Xi and Moon agreed war on the peninsula would not be tolerated and they would cooperate in applying sanctions and pressure on North Korea.
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