Tillerson says United States missile strikes deliver message for others

Trump ordered the strike in Syrian in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack on Syrians.

Analysts had earlier said the strikes contained a clear message for Pyongyang that the United States was not afraid to exercise the military option, and there had been speculation as to how the North would respond.

Hagiuda said that given the Trump-Xi meeting, the Japanese and USA leaders discussed how Japan, the United States, South Korea and China should deal with North Korea while working with one another.

Trump had said he meant to raise concerns about China's trade practices and press Xi to do more to rein in North Korea's missile and nuclear programs during their summit meeting at his Spanish-style Mar-a-Lago resort though no major deals on either issue were expected.

With all eyes on the Syria airstrikes, however, the expected showdown over North Korea policy ended with no significant breakthroughs to announce.

In appearances on the Sunday news shows, Tillerson said advances in North Korea's ballistic missile program concerned the US the most. The report did not name the official, which is common in KCNA reports. The US has said it wants China to take the lead on bringing North Korea, over which it has "great influence", but is prepared to go it alone. Asked on ABC if development of an intercontinental missile was a "red line" for Trump, Tillerson said: "If we judge that they have perfected that type of delivery system, then that becomes a very serious stage of their further development".

His meetings with presidential candidates might be aimed at discussing key issues involving the two countries with the possible future leader of South Korea before the May 9 presidential election to fill the void left by the ouster of former president Park Geun-hye.

As the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit overshadowed by United States missile strikes in Syria overnight, Xi joined Trump in stressing the positive mood of the meetings while papering over deep differences that have caused friction between the world's two biggest economies. "And I think even China is beginning to recognize that this presents a threat.to China's interests as well".

State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said the meeting "served as an indicator that the China-U.S. relationship is still very much on course since the Trump administration took office in January", and it was likely the two nations would develop a more "pragmatic relationship".

Although overshadowed by the USA strike on Syria, the meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping showed that confrontation between the two superpowers was not inevitable and that both sides appeared to be "equally enthusiastic about the constructive relationship they have promised to cultivate", according to Chinese state-run media.

  • Leroy Wright