Xi stresses China's North Korea concerns in talk with Trump

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, pictured in 2011, is part of the Navy strike group that was recently shifted to a position near the Korean Peninsula.

If Kim and his top aides were killed in a US attempt to decapitate North Korea before it could order a ballistic attack, that might cause the whole government to collapse.

"China may be prepared to do some sort of tradeoff".

The president made clear his hope that China will pressure its neighbour and close ally to stop its nuclear programme.

North Korea said via its official Rodong Sinmun newspaper that the US strike against the Syrian government lends evidence that its nuclear program is necessary to avoid a USA assault.

"North Korea is looking for trouble", he tweeted.

US President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbor, said in a Tweet North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the United States would "solve the problem" with or without China's help. But it's not like planes are going to be flying off this aircraft carrier, taking out targets in North Korea.

Mr Trump's administration has suggested they will offer China a better trade deal if it takes firm steps against North Korea, but Beijing has so far committed to only modest action.

The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of U.S.

According to a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Xi reiterated Beijing?s demand of a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

"China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula, insists on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means", Xi was quoted as saying. They last met in Beijing in December.

Tension had increased in the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the U.S. gaining traction after its strikes last week against Syria and as concerns mount over the prospect of North Korea conducting a sixth nuclear test soon.

Today, a fleet of North Korean cargo ships was heading home, most of the vessels fully laden, after China ordered its trading companies to return the coal to curb the trade, sources with direct knowledge of the trade said.

"And there was a full range of options that were discussed between the two leaders".

The mere suggestion of striking North Korea has been ruled out by successive American administrations. In Korea, Kim Jong Un has many potential ways to respond quickly and savagely by lashing out at a close USA ally, South Korea, which hosts almost 30,000 US troops to help defend it.

"More and more Chinese support the view that the government should enhance sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear activities". Pyongyang is later believed to have provided some of the technology used to build the secret Kibar nuclear site in Syria, which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2007. China has been distant since Kim Jong-un took power.

"'Pre-emptive' sounds good but in reality it could unleash a war on Korean peninsula", KyongSoo Lho says, "There was a window when that would have been possible....that window has passed". Trump said on Twitter.

  • Salvatore Jensen