Trump says he had good 'chemistry', 'bonding' with China's Xi

On Xi and Trump's phone conversation the previous day, Cho June-hyuck, spokesman for the South Korean Foreign Ministry, said in a briefing Thursday, "What was clearly revealed through such a phone call is that the United States and China at their highest level recognize the gravity and urgency of the North Korean nuclear problem, and confirmed domestically and internationally that the two countries leaders share the same understanding and volition to resolve this issue". North Korea continues to conduct missile launches. "U.S.A.", Trump tweeted.

Trump's press conference came shortly after the release of an interview the Republican billionaire gave to The Wall Street Journal, in which he said Beijing was not manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage.

Mr Trump had warned earlier on Twitter that Pyongyang is "looking for trouble". It regularly threatens to destroy both countries. Trump's predecessors had largely kept such disputes separate. The North is technically at war with the US and South Korea after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce rather than with a peace treaty. "We're going to see about that". Now it is for North Korea to understand the seriousness of the situation. The recent firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles by U.S. ship on Syria is a clear-cut warning to North Korea that this time USA means business. That'd be all right, too. -Russian relationship has reached an "all-time low" amid differences over Syria.

Trump and Xi spoke by telephone Tuesday night, just days after their two-day gathering at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort. He and Putin talked on the phone last week after a deadly subway bombing in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

China says it is in full compliance with sanctions enacted under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Another result of the diplomatic wrangling: a surprising Chinese abstention on a United Nations resolution condemning a Syrian chemical weapons attack.

Trump hailed China's abstention. "Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier".

Earlier Tuesday, Trump suggested the USA could "solve" the North Korea issue unilaterally.

Off late, North Korean government of Kim Jong-Un, barred by United Nations of use of any ballistic missile technology has been firing medium range ballistic missiles in Sea of Japan defying the ban.

Trump has given heft to the USA demand with shows of force.

The editorial noted Trump's recent decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to a deadly gas attack last week.

USA administration officials said final decisions on specific sanctions targets have yet to made, but they privately expressed doubts about how much further Beijing is willing to go to bring its defiant ally to heel - in spite of increasing Chinese concerns that North Korea might soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or new missile launches.

"If that's the only option the Chinese leave us, there's a real possibility that Chinese entities will get hit", the official said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said he believed Washington would consult Seoul if it was considering a pre-emptive strike against the North. "That is the real litmus test". The next report is supposed to come out this week.

  • Leroy Wright