Trump to speak with Abe, Xi on N. Korea

Washington: US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House has announced.

Trump and the Japanese leader will speak at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The US President’s call with his Chinese counterpart will come 45 minutes later, according to a White House statement.

No further information was provided on subjects the calls would cover, CNN reported.

On Friday, Trump met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington and speaking alongside Moon at the White House declared that US patience with the North Korean regime “is over”.

The remarks were the latest sign that the Trump administration is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, the report said.

The US President has been seeking more pressure from China to curb the threats from North Korea, which has its biggest trading relationship with Beijing.