Others, however, said the report actually wasn't that far off, but suggested any strike would only come after a nuclear device was tested.
China responded to Han's comments, with its foreign minister Wang Yi saying there would be "no winner" in any war" and that "dialogue is the only possible solution'. Tensions are deepening as the USA has sent the USS Carl Vinson to waters off the Korean peninsula and is conducting its biggest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea.
Tension is rising amid concerns the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test in defiance of United States sanctions and warnings from the US.
He emphasized that the objective in North Korea policy is to achieve the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization of the communist state and make its strategic calculus "fundamentally" change.
Both the White House and China's state media have touted the personal bond forged during the roughly 18 hours the two leaders spent together last week, including when Trump's five-year-old granddaughter demonstrated her Chinese language skills for Xi. The senior administration official credited Trump's grandchildren with having a big impact on the relationship.
South Korea's top diplomat, meanwhile, tried to calm lawmakers anxious that Trump may take action against the North without consulting Seoul. "It's not the DPRK but the United States and Trump that makes trouble".
Trump hosted China's leader-the most powerful in decades-at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last week, and the pair spoke again by phone on Tuesday. If China decides to help, that would be great.
South Korea doesn't support a preemptive strike and is closely coordinating with the Trump administration, according to an Asian government official familiar with North Korean issues who asked not to be identified. "When you want to scare your enemy, you have to make your own people believe that this is real".
Enter: China and North Korea.
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He also said that the Chinese "are not currency manipulators", walking away from a campaign promise to label Beijing as such early in his presidency.
Satellite images confirmed on Wednesday that Pyongyang is "primed and ready" for a nuclear test.
Bermudez said the regime has "repeatedly stated that if Libya or Iraq had nuclear weapons the U.S. would not have attacked them".
North Korea's continued nuclear and missile testing programme has prompted the U.S. to send a navy carrier group to near the Korean peninsula in a show of force aimed at detering more tests. "They know that North Korea is a freakish, weirdo throwback and that as China gets more powerful it won't matter if there is a unified Korea on their doorstep".
While Trump has put North Korea on notice that he will not tolerate any more provocation, USA officials have said his administration is focusing its strategy on tougher economic sanctions.
He says another nuclear test would invite tougher measures from Beijing, possibly including new restrictions on Chinese companies' investments in North Korea and cuts in the number of Chinese tourists allowed to visit.
"The willingness to cooperate with the new USA government has been quite overt", she said. "There's plenty of cooperative space between Washing and Beijing as long as Kim continues to pursue its nuclear program".
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