US President Donald Trump speaks before awarding the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran, retired Army Capt. Gary Rose, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, October 23, 2017.
A series of weapons tests by North Korea and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have ratcheted up tensions.
Trump has pressed China to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. China, North Korea’s sole major ally, accounts for more than 90 percent of trade with the isolated country.
Trump said in a tweet that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday and the conversation included North Korea .
US-Russia relations have been strained over allegations Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its backing of the Syrian government.
“I think we could have a good relationship” with Russia , Trump said. “I think that North Korean situation would be easier settled.”
Trump said during last year’s campaign he hoped to improve relations with Moscow.