Russia and China have urged Washington to ease tensions with North Korea as the US is holding drills with its regional allies on the Korean Peninsula. Russian Foreign Ministry officials demanded that the US reduce the intensity of rhetoric with regard to the ongoing crisis on the peninsula.

The demand comes as a US Navy aircraft carrier is conducting drills with a Japanese warship in waters near North Korea.

China’s Foreign Ministry also called for restraint after the US flew two heavy bombers over the peninsula amid joint military exercises with South Korea.

The ministry urged all sides to avoid provoking each other.

The drills come amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Over the past months, North Korea has conducted several nuclear and ballistic missile tests in response to what it calls US threats against the country.