China’s president has urged restraint on North Korea in a call with Donald Trump, a day after Pyongyang threatened to sink a US aircraft carrier.

The telephone conversation is the second between the two leaders since they met in Florida earlier this month. It highlights Chinese fears that tensions between the US and North Korea could erupt into conflict.

During the call, Mr. Trump criticised Pyongyang’s belligerence, the White House said.

On Sunday state media said North Korea was “ready to sink” US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which the US says is due to arrive off the Korean peninsula “within days”.

According to BBC News, the aircraft carrier was dispatched by Mr. Trump amid a warning that US “strategic patience” over the North’s nuclear ambitions had come to an end.



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