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Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump discussed the situation in Syria during their recent meeting, Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman Lu Kang said on Saturday, Sputnik reported.

Trump talked up the meeting with lots of tough rhetoric about how he was going to get China to fully exert its influence over North Korea or, if he needed to, go it alone, saying Washington could "totally" resolve the issue without China's help.

The US caught the global community off guard last week by ordering missile strikes on the Shayrat airfield in western Syria as a response to a chemical attack in a town in the Idlib province of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. military strike against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons was a warning to other countries including North Korea that "a response is likely" if they pose a danger.

North Korea marks several major anniversaries this month and often marks the occasions with major tests of military hardware.

"I mean, North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behaviour".

Tillerson also said the visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Japan on April 18 for the launch of a bilateral economic dialogue will provide a good opportunity to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, according to Kishida.

South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun's meeting with his Chinese counterpart is the first in 2017 following their nuclear talks in December.

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The missile barrage enhances Trump's image as a leader willing to use US military power quickly and in a precision-strike manner - which is exactly the scenario that concerns North Korea most.

There is an undeniable possibility of Pyongyang hardening its stance by arguing that nuclear weapons are necessary for preventing attacks.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the official continued.

Far-right backers of U.S. President Donald Trump rebelled on Friday after he ordered a missile strike on Syrian air force base.

The telephone talks between the two leaders followed a similar conversation on Thursday in which they agreed that Wednesday's missile firing by the North into the Sea of Japan was a unsafe provocative act and a grave threat to Japan's security. He also said that the US goal is the North's denuclearization, not regime change.

Kim Jong Un's regime "has made significant advancements in delivery systems, and that is what concerns us the most", Tillerson said.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile last Wednesday that flew a short distance before spinning out of control and crashing into the sea, the latest of a number of missile tests defying United Nations sanctions.

A full US Navy strike group, including the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, has been diverted from Australia to the Western Pacific, in what many are calling increased vigilance on the part of the US, as North Korea continues to test newer, and more deadly, weapons in the region.

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