North Korea calls US strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

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President Donald Trump's decision to strike Syria sent a powerful message to a number of world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president's dinner guest during the bombing.

The comments come as the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit, and signal a U-turn from his anti-China rhetoric on the campaign trail previous year.

Citing top ranking U.S. military and intelligence officials, NBC reports that, ahead of the summit, the U.S. National Security Council presented President Trump with a proposal for the deployment of American nuclear weapons to South Korea.

Chang indicated the Chinese president would certainly be understanding what the airstrike meant to his country as well, interpreting it as a "warning to China's People's Liberation Army, which had grown dismissive of the U.S. Navy and Air Force".

"The two presidents agreed to elevate existing bilateral talks to reflect the importance of making progress on issues", Spicer said.

Xi also hailed military to military exchanges and said China and the United States should "make good use of the dialogue mechanism to be established between the two countries' joint staffs of the armed forces", although Xinhua did not give further details. "For the peace and stability of the world, we will also fulfill our historical responsibility".

In order to avoid a looming trade war, China will offer "better market access for financial sector investments and U.S. beef exports", as part of a wider 100-day plan that is still being hashed out by both sides, according to the Financial Times.

Trump accepted Xi's invitation to visit China this year, and Washington will coordinate with Beijing about the timing of the visit, according to Tillerson.

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This was because Trump only received the same response from Xi as was given in the past, despite urging him to increase pressure on the North.

Hours before meeting each other, Trump predicted aboard Air Force One that "China will be stepping up" to help the USA put a stop to North Korea's nuclear program. A spokesperson for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said early this month the nation was "ready for war" with the United States.

Trump's hesitancy to punish China for its unfair trading practices as he promised to do on the campaign trail exacerbated this view, in addition to the limited response to North Korea's repeated provocations.

When Xi came to the USA two years ago, Trump attacked the former president Barack Obama's red-carpet welcome, claiming he would have offered a Big Mac rather than a state dinner to a leader whose country he has accused of "raping" the American economy.

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

He said Trump also raised U.S.concerns about China's activities in the South China Sea. The only other foreign leader to be hosted at Mar-a-Lago during Trump's presidency so far is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close USA ally.

North Korea is believed to be developing missiles capable of hitting the United States and a nuclear arsenal in defiance of UN sanctions.