Xi stresses China's NKorea concerns in Trump talk

The rise in tensions due to the military sabre-rattling by the North Korean regime, a traditional ally of China, has sparked concern in South Korea and Japan, who are close partners of Washington, and has led the USA to reinforce its military presence in the region.

"I don't want to talk about it", Trump said during the Fox Business interview, which aired Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Trump revealed he had a "very good call" with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the "menace of North Korea". He is doing the wrong thing.

The Japanese Navy is to conduct a joint military exercise soon with a US aircraft carrier amid growing tensions over North Korea's nuclear missile programme, Japan's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. "You never know", he said.

North Korea has so far conducted five confirmed nuclear tests and numerous missile launches. In addition, North Korea reportedly launched on April 5 a ballistic missile from Sinpho, in the South Hamgyong province.

Mr Trump has also called on China to close the trade gap between the two countries.

American warships including the USS Carl Vinson were redirected toward the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that last week's unilateral airstrikes on Syria were a message to Pyongyang that "if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken".

Mr Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to head for the Korean peninsula in an attempt to deter North Korea's nuclear and long-range missile ambitions, which it is developing in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.

The North Korea-related analysis website described the test site as "primed and ready".

In another tweet, he said: "North Korea is looking for trouble".

"China's best-case scenario, what it would really like to happen, would be a liberalized regime in the North, akin to some of the reforms that took place (in China) in the 1980s, so introducing economic reform, removing the concentrated power of the Kim family", Neill said. In fact, I hear today two massive coal ships from North Korea were sent back to North Korea, heading to China. "It sends a message to the Trump administration that they are willing to share the burden of security in Asia".

China has not signaled any clear change in policy towards Pyongyang and Xi's language followed China's usual script on North Korea.

The statement claimed the North Korean army is "keenly watching" USA military movements, with "our nuclear sight focused on the United States invasionary bases" both on the Korean Peninsula and across the Pacific, and even to the U.S. mainland in the event fighting breaks out. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. -China trade in exchange for help dealing with North Korea.

The US leader had promised to label China as a currency manipulator on his first day in office, a move that would have initiated a process that includes talks but could lead to imposing unilateral trade sanctions, which nearly certainly would have sparked retaliation.

  • Leroy Wright