China agrees to 'strong measures' if N. Korea conducts N-test

The U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles Thursday night against the Syrian air base where Bashar Assad's government had days earlier fired off a devastating chemical weapon attack that left more than 85 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun dead.

Some possible options Washington may be considering are tougher unilateral sanctions as well as secondary sanctions that would penalize a third country that does illegal business with North Korea, the redeployment of US tactical nuclear assets to Korea and even a pre-emptive strike.

"China is willing to maintain close communication and coordination with the USA side", Xi said.

It was already deployed to the peninsula a month ago to participate in the annual military exercises with South Korea.

"If you violate worldwide agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken", Tillerson told ABC's "This Week". The hermit state has launched several missile tests this year and most recently took issue with the USA missile strike on an airbase in Syria last Friday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he won't label China a currency manipulator and has voiced confidence Chinese President Xi Jinping will help him deal with North Korea's mounting threat.

The talks between Kim and Wu came shortly after Trump hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a summit at which he pressed Beijing to do more to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

In a separate interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Tillerson said, "President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken". North Korea conducts some 90 percent of its trade with China.

"I think there's a shared view and no disagreement as to how unsafe the situation has become", Tillerson added on CBS' "Face the Nation" about North Korea.

Meanwhile, in response to the increased tensions in the region, the USA has responded by sending an aircraft carrier group close to the Korean peninsula.

With some observers now talking about the possibility of USA military action against North Korea, a lawmaker from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday said such a scenario was unlikely as a military strike against the North could precipitate a nuclear attack on the South or Japan.

Speculation of an imminent nuclear test is brewing as the North marks anniversaries including the 105th birthday of its founding leader on Saturday - sometimes celebrated with a demonstration of military might.

  • Archie Newman