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Trump Pledges 'Major' Sanctions Against North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump (file photo)

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that "additional major sanctions" will be imposed on North Korea after Pyongyang said it had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

"Just spoke to President Xi Jinping of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!" Trump wrote on November 29 in a post on Twitter.

The White House said that during the phone conversation Trump made clear "the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies."

Trump also "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."

According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, President Xi told his U.S. counterpart that maintaining peace in Northeast Asia and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula are Beijing's goal.

China is Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner.

North Korea claims to have tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the entire U.S. mainland.

The November 28 launch, which defied international sanctions imposed over North Korea's weapons program, drew international condemnation.

The UN Security Council is set to convene an emergency session to discuss the matter later on November 29.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP