Wednesday 22 November 2017

Trump says China will get good trade deal if it helps with North Korea 'problem'

Donald Trump met Xi Jinping last week (AP/Alex Brandon)
Donald Trump met Xi Jinping last week (AP/Alex Brandon)

US President Donald Trump has said he tried to persuade Chinese leader Xi Jinping to pressure North Korea to stop its nuclear programme in exchange for a good trade deal with the US.

Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday: "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"

In a second tweet he wrote: "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A."

The president made clear his hope that China will pressure its neighbour and close ally to stop its nuclear programme.

He has also repeatedly attacked China for exporting more goods to the US than it imports.

Press Association

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