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Trump: China 'upping the sanctions against' North Korea

Trump: China 'upping the sanctions against' North Korea
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President Trump announced Saturday that Chinese President Xi Jinping told him he plans to implement new sanctions against North Korea. 

"President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against #NoKo. Said he wants them to denuclearize. Progress is being made," Trump tweeted.

China has not formally announced any plans to further sanction North Korea. According to a report by Reuters, leaders of South Korea and China agreed during a summit meeting Saturday to strengthen security and find a stable resolution to nuclear tensions with North Korea.

Trump is abroad on a 12-day Asia-Pacific trip, during which he has been meeting with regional leaders with a heavy emphasis on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. 

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Trump signed an executive order in September slapping new travel and economic sanctions on North Korea, as the administration seeks to pressure Kim Jong Un in a showdown over the North Korean leader’s nuclear program.

The United Nations (U.N.) has passed two resolutions recently aimed at squeezing the North Korean economy by cutting off oil, labor and exports to the nation. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyIn midst of political violence, America greatly needs unity Trump prefers woman for UN post, interviewing 5 candidates Mary Kissel expected to join State Department MORE has said those measures have “strangled their economic situation,” but acknowledged it will “take a little bit of time” for the impact to be felt. 

Trump has thanked the U.N. Security Council for voting unanimously on those sanctions, but also expressed frustration that the measures do not go far enough.

China said shortly after the U.N. sanctions were passed that it would enforce them.