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Russia, China call on North Korea to stop weapons tests: report

Russia, China call on North Korea to stop weapons tests: report
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Russia and China are calling on North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile tests and for South Korea and the U.S. to put a hold on large-scale military exercises, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The proposal came hours after North Korea claimed that it had successfully tested for the first time an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), signaling a milestone in its efforts to gain the ability to strike the mainland U.S. 

In a joint statement from the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries on Tuesday, the countries said that a halt to Pyongyang's weapons tests and Washington and Seoul's military exercises could lay a foundation for the countries to meet for talks, according to the AP.

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Shortly after North Korea's latest missile test, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE suggested on Twitter that "perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all."

“North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer,” Trump tweeted.

Trump has vowed to put pressure on Beijing to do more to curb North Korea's weapons programs. But that strategy has not slowed the pace of the reclusive country's missile tests, which have become increasingly frequent in recent months.

Relations between the U.S. and China have soured in recent weeks, after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea. The U.S. also angered China by approving a $1.42 billion arms deal with Taiwan, which China considers a rogue state.