The Republican President said “some very unusual moves” had been made “over the last two or three hours” on Thursday evening, and claimed he was confident Beijing would “try very hard” to pressurise Pyongyang over their nuclear threats.
While the right wing firebrand did not say what the “unusual moves” were, US officials claimed security forces have registered a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signalling a possible heightened state of readiness.
Speaking of President Xi, Mr Trump said: “We had a great summit in Florida and got to know each other and I think like each other.
US officials have registered a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers
The U.S. and South Korea Launch Operation Max Thunder
Thu, April 20, 2017
The US and South Korea kicked off a big exercise just as North Korea threatens 'thermonuclear war'. Exercise 'Max Thunder' is to 'enhance interoperability' between the US and South Korean forces
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A South Korean F-15K jet fighter takes off during the 'Max Thunder' South Korea-US military joint air exercise at a US air base in the southwestern port city of Gunsan
“I can say from my standpoint I liked him very much and respect him very much and I think he’s working very hard.
“And I really have confidence the President will try very very hard.”
He added: “One of the reasons is that we’re talking about trade deals and we’re talking about all the other things.
It comes as militaries from around the world build up a presence near the Korean peninsula
Forbidden photographs depict the true North Korean army
Wed, April 12, 2017
While tourists are able to visit North Korea as part of a controlled tour group, they are asked by their handlers to never take photographs of soldiers. These pictures taken by photographer Eric Lafforgue show the reality of military service in the secretive state
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Soldiers enjoy ice-cream in Pyongyang
“And I told him ‘we’ll do a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or do something about the menace of North Korea.’”
Officials confirmed an extraordinary number of Chinese Cruise missile capable bombers were on the move in the area in a bid to “reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency”.
Beijing has long been concerned about political instability in North Korea, which could lead to a refugee crisis in the region or reunification with the US-backed South Korea.
It comes as militaries from around the world build up a presence in the region, with the US, Russia, China and South Korea all deploying troops around the communist nation as Kim Jong-un threatens to test a nuclear missile and spark all out war.
Beijing has long been concerned over political instability in North Korea
President Trump claimed he 'liked' President Xi ' very much'
The North Korean leader has regularly threatened to destroy Japan, South Korea and the US and has shown no let-up in his belligerence after a failed missile test followed a huge display of missiles at a parade in the capital city.
And the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words in its warning the US and its allies "should not mess with us".
It said: “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only US imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes.”
Pyongyang said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland US but officials and experts believe it is a long way off from mastering the necessary technology.