Trump notifies US Congress of Syria airstrikes, warns of further actions

Trump had said he meant to raise concerns about China's trade practices and press Xi to do more to rein in North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

US decision to move a Navy strike group toward the Korean peninsula is a "prudent" reaction to a pattern of provocative behavior from North Korea, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Sunday.

"This coordinated initiative could force North Korea to make real demilitarization concessions, while providing a win for both China and the United States", Markey wrote, adding that China has unsuccessfully urged the U.S. to engage North Korea directly for years. North Korea is developing missiles capable of hitting the United States.

He said the United States expects China, the main ally of North Korea, to do more to rein in the regime in Pyongyang.

The South's deployment of a controversial U.S. missile defence system loathed by Beijing will also be high on Wu's agenda, Yonhap news agency said.

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime, and President Xi and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", McMaster said.

"The president has asked them to be prepared to give us a full range of options to remove that threat", he added, apparently referring to Trump's advisers. "We have no further comment".

North Korea on Wednesday fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan ahead of a US-China summit. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea.

In appearances on the Sunday news shows, Tillerson said advances in North Korea's ballistic missile program concerned the USA the most.

Trump is free to criticize Obama's handling of Syria and the "red-line" episode.

But as soon as President Xi left the country, Chinese state-run media outlets began to aggressively denounce Trump's recent missile attack on a Syrian airfield near Homs, the New York Timesreported. China has not directly said it is targeting South Korean firms.

  • Leroy Wright