North Korea calls US bombing of Syria 'unacceptable'

The response by North Korea's foreign ministry, carried by the official KCNA news agency, was the first since us warships in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of missiles at a Syrian air base which the Pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack earlier in the week.

"There are great differences between the Syria situation and the Korean peninsula situation", Wang said, noting North Korea's conventional military capability to strike back at South Korea in the event of USA military action.

In a possible harbinger of the kind of punishments Washington could inflict, a leading Chinese telecoms company, ZTE, was fined almost $900 million in March for shipping sensitive USA -made technology to Iran in violation of US sanctions.

"They recognize that shows our clear determination to crack down on this sort of activity", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters.

Many Republican members of Congress welcomed the more forceful stance against North Korea, but there was disagreement in the Democratic ranks.

Trump pressed the Chinese leader to do more to curb nuclear weapons development in North Korea after Kim Jong-un fired another missile into the Sea of Japan.

As candidate Donald Trump, he railed against China for what he labeled unfair trade, and vowed to chip away at the massive trade deficit. He did not elaborate.

President Trump would not rule out additional military action against Syria on Saturday, telling Congress that he was acting "in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States" when he ordered the launch of cruise missiles at a Syrian air field this week. -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough. The move was in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by Bashar Assad's government. "For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfill our historical responsibility".

"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China", Trump said that day, adding that he believes the two countries can resolve their differences through more talks.

According to Xinhua news agency, the two leaders also agreed that their first meeting was "positive and fruitful".

The Obama administration backed down from its red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, settling for a deal that failed to eliminate the Syrian regime's chemical weapons stockpile.

China Daily said both parties appeared "equally enthusiastic about the constructive relationship they have promised to cultivate".

The next big moment in US-China relations, and the sweet seduction, will be Mr Trump's visit to Beijing next year.

The two men had a working lunch before Xi's motorcade left the resort, ending the summit.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, says Trump's move sends a strong message to rogue nations, and agrees that the USA needs a broader strategy. "That's one of the things we are going to be talking about".

But Mr Xi is a "princeling", the son of a veteran Communist Party figure Xi Zhongxun who survived the turbulence of the nation's early years.

The White House said Trump also stressed to Xi the importance of creating "reciprocal market access" that did not disadvantage American workers.

In a separate interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Tillerson said, "President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken".

  • Leroy Wright