Chinese President to Obama: Concern over Korean situation

December 6, 2010 09:58

In a telephone call on Monday, President Hu Jintao told U.S. President Barack Obama that China is highly concerned about the situation on the Korean peninsula, Reuters reported.

The conversation between Obama and Hu took place as South Korea started live-firing naval exercises, 13 days after the North shelled a South Korean island close to a disputed maritime demarcation line."Especially with the present situation, if not dealt with properly, tensions could well rise on the Korean peninsula or spin out of control, which would not be in anyone's interest," Chinese state news agency Xinhua paraphrased Hu as saying, Reuters reported.

"The most pressing task at present is to calmly deal with the situation," Hu added, according to the report.

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