Trump hails 'tremendous progress' in talks with Xi

President Xi said there is "there are a thousand reasons to make the China-US relationship work, and no reason to break it".

Some possible options Washington may be considering are tougher unilateral sanctions as well as secondary sanctions that would penalize a third country that does illegal business with North Korea, the redeployment of US tactical nuclear assets to Korea and even a pre-emptive strike.

On Sunday, the White House announced that Trump had spoken by phone with Abe about Syria and "a range of regional issues, including the threat posed by North Korea".

Noting that the two leaders had positive and productive meetings, Spicer said Trump and Xi agreed to work in concert to expand areas of cooperation while managing differences based on mutual respect.

Chinese state media on Saturday cheered the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as one that showed the world that confrontation between the two powers was not inevitable.

-China disputes over economic issues. After months in which Trump, first as candidate, then as President-elect, and finally as President, castigated China for "raping" the United States, for "stealing" American jobs and then announcing that he might depart from the "One China" policy adopted by the U.S. since the 1970s, China decided that it had to rein him in.

Trump noted that "only time will tell" whether the two countries' trade relationship would improve.

The leaders of the world's two most powerful economies agreed to a 100-day plan to discuss trade talks directed at boosting USA exports and reducing Washington's trade deficit with China, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

But the two days of meetings appeared heavier on optics than substance.

The comments were made by a Foreign Ministry official and carried Sunday by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

In a briefing on the outcome of the summit, Tillerson added that while the two leaders focused on both countries' commitments to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, there "was no kind of a package arrangement discussed to resolve this".

Tillerson said Xi agreed with Trump that North Korea's nuclear advances had reached a "very serious stage".

"North Korea's posture has to change before there's any basis for dialogue or discussions", Tillerson said.

It was Thursday afternoon, just hours before 59 US cruise missiles would rain down on a Syrian military airfield in response to what Trump had called "a disgrace to humanity".

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off the Korean Peninsula earlier this week, the latest in a series of recent test firings.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, described the decision to send the carrier group as "prudent".

Both the USA and China differ on their approach to resolve the internal strife in Syria.

"I think there's a shared view and no disagreement as to how unsafe the situation has become", Tillerson added on CBS' "Face the Nation" about North Korea.

Pyongyang has shown no sign of reining in a missile testing programme ultimately aimed at securing the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

The Trump administration is reviewing secondary sanctions on Chinese financial institutes and companies that are involved in illegal business with North Korea.

  • Leroy Wright