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Trump to Xi: ‘Something has to be done’ about North Korea
(CNN)Less than a week after a historic North Korean missile test, the leaders of the United States and China pledged to work together to stop Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile program.
There will “eventually be a success” against Pyongyang, Trump said. “It may take longer than I’d like. It may take longer than you’d like. But there will be success in the end one way or the other.”
In remarks before their Hamburg meeting, Xi said “sensitive issues still exist” in the US-China relationship that “require a great amount of work.”
The leaders appear to have made at least some progress on those issues, according to messages conveyed after the meeting.
Trump tweeted they’d had an “excellent” exchange on trade and North Korea.
Briefing reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the discussion was “very direct.”
“I think there were substantive discussions about the financing of North Korea, we had substantive discussions about ways of dealing with North Korea together,” Mnuchin said.
In a lengthy report on the meeting, Chinese state media
said Xi had reiterated China’s strong opposition to the US deployment of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)missile defense system in South Korea, which remains a sore point in US-China relations.
While the US says the system is needed for defense against North Korea, China believes it threatens its own security because its radars could be used to spy on Beijing’s defense and nuclear deterrent systems.
Closer military ties
The two countries also signaled closer military ties.
Xi proposed that China’s defense minister and the US secretary of defense “carry out an exchange of visits as soon as possible,” Xinhua reported.
It also said China would participate in the 2018 Rim of the Pacific military exercises, a biennial event known as the world’s largest international maritime military exercise.