He even heaped praise on the Chinese president.
“I appreciate the things that you have done relative to the very substantial problem that we all face in North Korea, a problem that something has to be done about,” Mr. Trump said told his Chinese counterpart.
The two leaders sat across from each other at an expanded bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
In the run-up to the summit, Mr. Trump expressed dissatisfaction with China after nuclear-armed and volatile North Korea successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that was capable of reaching Alaska.
China is the chief sponsor of North Korea and for decades has resisted the world’s calls to help curb the rogue regime’s nuclear and missile programs.
At the bilateral meeting, however, Mr. Trump said the two countries were on the same page.
He said that North Korea was a substantial problem that “something has to be done about.”
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