Russia, China urges US to reduce the intensity of rhetoric, ease tensions with North Korea

China's President Xi Jinping (L) is welcomed by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (R) during the opening ceremony of "The Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia" in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. China's new president Xi Jinping arrived today in Moscow on his first foreign visit since assuming the presidency earlier this month. Xi Jinping and his counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to oversee the signing of a number of energy and investment agreements including a deal that will see Russia ramp up oil supplies to China. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI ILNITSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI ILNITSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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.