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"The summit was meaningful in that the North Korean nuclear issue and the South Korea-US alliance issue, which are related to our core interests, were discussed as important agenda items in an extensive and comprehensive manner as a result of close collaboration between Seoul and Washington", the ministry said in a press release.

"The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible, and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability", Benham said.

He added he explained that the THAAD deployment is purely defensive and aimed at containing North Korean missile attacks. He said Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping had agreed that North Korea's pattern of "provocative behavior" was unacceptable and the US was acting accordingly.

Hwang stressed the need to strengthen cooperation between the two allies at a time when there is a high likelihood of fresh provocations by the North. To be sure, China did make two relatively minor concessions at the summit: Beijing will resume imports of banned American beef and allow US financial firms to set up majority-owned subsidiaries in China.

Mr Ross said the Chinese had addressed ways to shrink the massive trade deficit the USA has with China, the balance of which Trump had used to accuse China of stealing American jobs.

North Korea has long claimed that the United States is preparing to conduct similar precision strikes against its territory or even launch an all-out invasion.

A separate announcement from the White House said Trump received support from Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud on the Syria issue.

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"But we understand it creates unique problems for them and challenges, and that we would, and are, prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us".

The United States has been urging Beijing to use its economic leverage with North Korea, which conducted two underground nuclear explosions and two dozen missile tests previous year. Trump's predecessors had largely kept such disputes separate. A US national security review of options on North Korea include economic and military measures.

Trump also thanked Acting President Hwang for his support for the United States military's missile strikes on a Syrian military base on Thursday.

Trump hailed China's abstention. The next report is supposed to come out this week.

Trump's position on democratically ruled Taiwan - which China considers part of its territory awaiting reunification - has been a major irritant since he accepted a protocol-breaking phone call from the Taiwanese president after his election victory.

"Presidents before and President Trump agreed this is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the peninsula", McMaster said. "When the president fails to label them a currency manipulator, he gives them a green light to steal our jobs and wealth time and time again". That would mark another shift from his campaign position that he would probably replace Yellen when her term as chair ends in February next year.

Trump would say he's simply flexible, an emerging foreign policy doctrine that leaves room for evolution and uncertainty.

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