China's president delivered a direct message to President Trump: Ease up on the North Korea rhetoric.

 In a phone call with Trump, Xi Jinping said he wanted both sides to avoid "words and actions" that would make the situation worse, per the BBC, citing Chinese media. 

The White House statement on the call said the two leaders agreed that North Korea must stop its "provocative and escalatory behavior," though it didn't mention Xi's plea to Trump as well. 

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