China's state-run news agency blasts Trump for bombing Syria

The Chinese commentaries, however, made no mention of the United States missile strike on a Syrian government air base, which overshadowed the summit.

North Korea is pledging to boost its defenses following President Trump's decision to strike a Syrian airfield, calling the move "absolutely unpardonable". Ben Cardin of Maryland says the administration hasn't been clear on next steps and whether it would escalate a US response if Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) continues his assault on rebel forces with conventional weapons.

"There is a difference between Syria and North Korea", Yamamoto said.

"If we judge that they have perfected that type of delivery system, then that becomes a very serious stage of their further development", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

As things stand, actions the USA could take against North Korea include toughening sanctions - last week it added a North Korean trading firm and 11 individuals to its already long blacklist.

But even as Trump basked in generally favorable reviews of the first direct US military strike aimed at Assad, the president and his lieutenants seemed far less eager to engage knotty longer-term policy questions about the grinding multi-sided Syrian war, now in its seventh year.

While the US wants a denuclearized Korean peninsula, it has "no objective to change the regime in North Korea", Tillerson said Sunday on "This Week" program.

The Pentagon announced on Saturday that a Navy carrier strike group was moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula. "This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime".

The diversion of the naval strike force from a scheduled cruise to Australia, following a port call in Singapore, comes after several recent missile test firings into the eastern waters of the Korean peninsula by North Korea and amid preparations for what would be the isolated and impoverished nation's sixth underground nuclear weapons test.

A North Korean foreign ministry official said the missile strikes proved its own nuclear weapons program is justified, according to the Associated Press, which reports from North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The US surprise attack on the Syrian government forces, the Trump administration's first military action, was also a sign that Trump, when necessary, could take a more aggressive approach to security issues than his predecessor, Barack Obama.

He said that the two sides agreed to increase cooperation and work with the global community to convince North Korea to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs.

Although it did not specifically mention North Korea, two US officials have reportedly said the move is created to send a message to Pyongyang in the face of its escalating nuclear threats.

McMaster spoke on "Fox News Sunday".

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida on April 7, 2017.

In an outcome likely to play well in China, state news agency Xinhua said USA and Chinese officials initiated new dialogue mechanisms on economic issues, as well as security and diplomatic issues, in what appeared to be a re-imagining of the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue held under President Barack Obama.

  • Zachary Reyes