U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that “very unusual moves” have been made as he discussed China’s efforts to deter North Korea’s provocative actions.
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."...they never have seen China work like they're working right now. Many many coal ships have sent back many other things have happened. Some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours."
Trump made the remarks in a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni following their summit meeting at the White House on Thursday.
Amid speculations of Pyongyang's imminent sixth nuclear test, CNN said “the unusual moves" appear to point to the measures Beijing has taken to rein in the North.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said turning back coal ships from North Korea was part of China strictly carrying out their international obligations.
At the press event, Trump called the North’s nuclear issue “a menace right now,” and complimented Chinese President Xi Jinping for his recent efforts to deal with the issue.