Abe praises Trump's security commitment after call on Syria, North Korea

Trump and China's Xi held a summit meeting in Florida last week, where Trump pressed his counterpart to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear programme.

Tillerson said Trump had accepted Xi's invitation to visit China and that they also agreed to upgrade a U.S.

For Xi, who is entering a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress in the fall, the meeting with Trump was more about stabilizing the critical U.S.

"Presidents before and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearisation of the peninsula", McMaster told Fox News.

China is now the largest trading partner of the US. The moves appeared to be a shot at China, which accounted for the vast bulk - $347 billion - of last year's $502 billion trade deficit.

The talks were nearly completely overshadowed by Thursday night's USA missile attack on Syria.

Tillerson said Trump and the Chinese president "had extensive discussions around the unsafe situation in North Korea".

McMaster and Mattis presented Trump with three options, which were quickly narrowed to two: bomb multiple airfields or just the Shayrat airfield near the city of Homs, where the military jet carrying the poison gas had taken off, the official said.


Trump tweeted Saturday that "It was a great honor to have President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China as our guests in the United States".

During the meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, the leaders of the world's two largest economies agreed to craft a "100-day plan" as part of efforts to increase US exports to China and address Washington's massive trade deficit with Beijing, Ross said.

"Expert satellite imagery analysis suggests [North Korea] could well be preparing for a sixth [missile launch], with U.S. intelligence officials warning that North Korea could be less than two years away from developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the continental U.S.", Aljazeera reported.

Explaining the results of the summit on Friday, Tillerson said the two sides noted the urgency of the threat of North Korea's weapons program and reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, China has had a ban on American beef since 2003; taking it down will do a little something towards reducing China's $346 billion annual trade surplus with the U.S. that has been one of Trump's main bashing points. "There was no kind of a package arrangement discussed to resolve this", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

The South China Morning Post said Trump's behavior was as cordial as any experienced politician. He also noted the importance of protecting human rights, and asked China to adhere to global norms in the seas of East Asia, Tillerson said. -China dialogue by putting the two presidents at the head of the forum.

Xi also spoke in mostly positive terms.

Ahead of the two presidents' second round of talks, senior Chinese and US officials initiated two newly-installed dialogue mechanisms in economy, as well as diplomacy and security. He added however that Beijing had indicated a willingness to act on the issue.

Xi, for his part, said their delegations covered important topics and established a good friendship and working relationship.

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