In June 1994, I met with Kim Il Sung in a time of crisis, when he agreed to put all their nuclear programs under strict supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and to seek mutual agreement with the United States on a permanent peace treaty, to have summit talks with the president of South Korea, to expedite the recovery of the remains of American service personnel buried in his country, and to take other steps to ease tension on the peninsula.
Chinese President Xi Jinping appealed to both sides for calm amid fears the worsening war of words between North Korea and the United States could lead to a military conflict with catastrophic consequences for the region.
North Korea has lashed back at the USA following President Donald Trump's latest warnings. "This is tragicomedy of its own making". They may continue launching missile tests but they don't want a war, and the USA doesn't want military action either. Trump also said the US was considering tighter sanctions against North Korea.
Professor Lucas said: "The Chinese and the U.S. have been talking behind the scenes for months about what to do".
China Central Television on Saturday cited Xi as saying that Beijing and Washington are both interested in the denuclearization of the peninsula.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will do everything he can to protect the Japanese people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam.
The man behind the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea's nuclear weapons program is another story.
Carter also said China's influence of China in Pyongyang "seems to be greatly reduced since Kim Jong Un became the North Korean leader in December 2011".
Asked Friday if the US was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".
President Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies.