- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

President Trump urged China’s president in a phone call Wednesday to use “all available levers” to pressure North Korea to halt its “provocations,” a day after Pyongyang tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

Mr. Trump emphasized to Chinese President Xi Jinping “the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime.”

“President Trump emphasized the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearization,” the White House said.

North Korea conducted a missile test Wednesday that went higher than any previous missile, said Defense Secretary James Mattis. The regime also conducted what is believed to have been a hydrogen bomb test earlier this year.

During a trip to the region earlier this month, Mr. Trump warned North Korea that it must agree to give up its nuclear weapons and missile programs and return to talks. The president has not ruled out military action against the regime of Kim Jong-un.

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