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China not helpful enough on North Korea, says Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has not done enough on the issue of for the US, has said but appreciated the "great chemistry" he with Chinese

last year increased the pace of its missile programme. Since February, has fired off 23 missiles. On November 29, the North Korean said that his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the

Fears of a catastrophic conflict between the US and North spiked as the leaders of the two nations taunted each other, with calling North Korean Kim Jong-un 'Rocket Man'.

Trump has called on to do more to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

"Not helpful enough, but they have been very helpful. Let's put it this way, they have done more for me than they ever have for any American president. They still havent done enough," Trump was quoted as saying in The Wall Street Journal.

"But they have done more for me than they have, by far, for anyI have a very good relationship with Xi. I like him. He likes me. We have a great chemistry together. He has done far more for us than they ever have for any American president. With that being said, its not enough. They have to do more," Trump insisted.

As a result of Chinese help so far, Trump said he has not been tough on as he would like to be.

"We have been much tougher on China, but not nearly as tough as I would be, but they are helping us a lot with North Korea, he said in response to a question.

"And you see in what's happening with North Korea all of a sudden. Chinas been helping us a lot, so you can veer a little bit differently, but for the most part everything I have said I have done," he said in response to a question on his electoral promise of being tough on China.

North Korea, he said, is a big problem.

"It is a big problem, and they should not have left me with that problem. That should have been a problem that was solved by Obama, or Bush, or or anybody, because the longer it went, the worse, the more difficult the problem got," he said.

Trump also said that he probably has a "very good relationship" with North Korean Un but did not confirm or deny if he had spoken to the leader in

"I probably have a very good relationship with Un of North Korea. I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised," Trump said.

"Just to be clear, you haven't spoken to the North Korean leader, I mean when you say a relationship with Korea," he was immediately asked.

"I dont want to comment on dont want to comment, Im not saying I have or I havent. But I just dont," Trump responded.

The US president denied that delaying military exercises on the for sends the wrong message to the North Koreans, that he is in some way bending to them.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 11:15 IST