US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday pledged to “the maximize pressure on North Korea through vigorous implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions,” the White House says.
The two leaders discussed “North Korea’s contempt for the international community and its efforts to destabilize northeast Asia,” the US presidency added.
Donald Trump is in New York for the big meeting of the United Nations, where he will deliver his first speech as President, but Xi Jinping will not participate in the General Assembly this year.
The Foreign Ministers of the UN Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.
“We will have many opportunities to discuss this with many international leaders,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday morning before meeting with his Japanese and Indian counterparts in New York.
“The UN Security Council resolutions speak for themselves” and express “a unanimous vision of what needs to be done for North Korea to change its attitude,” he added.
The Security Council this summer adopted two new sets of sanctions against Pyongyang, the latest after the most powerful North Korean nuclear test to date.
China, like Russia, have expressed reservations about the American will to strengthen sanctions more and more, but have finally voted on the resolutions.
Since then, Washington has called on Beijing and Moscow to push harder to push Kim Jong-Un’s regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions and return to the negotiating table.
China must use the “very powerful leverage” of its oil supply to North Korea, Rex Tillerson said last week.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump discussed, in addition to “the situation on the Korean peninsula”, the US President’s next visit to China, scheduled for the end of the year to give a “new impetus” to relations between the two great powers.