President Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday to do more to help confront the “growing threat” of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The high-stakes phone call came after a tense week in which Beijing expressed anger over the Trump administration’s arms sale to Taiwan, which China considers one of its provinces. Trump also spoke about North Korea with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. Trump and Abe expressed “unity with respect to increasing pressure on the regime to change its dangerous path,” the Trump administration said. Analysts have been warning that North Korea could be gearing up for another nuclear test, which would escalate tensions already stoked by a series of missile tests. For months, Trump has said that China, North Korea’s key ally and trading partner, is best positioned to pressure North Korea to curb its controversial weapons programs.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 3, 2017