US President Donald Trump today spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and briefed him on developments in ties with North Korea, the White House said.


"The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialogue between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until Pyongyang takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation," the White House said in a readout of the call.


During the call, Trump expressed hope that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might choose a "brighter path" for North Korea’s future.


White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has spoken with a number of world leaders after he was briefed on North Korean by the visiting South Korean national security adviser.


A day earlier, Trump also called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during which the two leaders agreed to continue to maintain pressure on North Korea till the time it takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation.


The White House said this in a statement after the conversation between Trump and Abe to discuss the situation in North Korea and to continue the close coordination between the two countries.