Sitting alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, President Trump praised the Chinese government for reportedly banning any of its banks from doing business with North Korea.
"You heard about China - what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That was a tremendous move," the president said.
"I'm very proud to tell you that as you may have just heard moments ago, China, their central bank has told their other banks --that's a massive banking system-- to immediately stop doing business with North Korea," Trump reportedly said off camera at the same meeting.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: It's wonderful to have prime minister Shinzo Abe doing a great job for the people of Japan. He's doing a wonderful job for the great people of Japan. We had discussions already today and this is a formalization of the discussions. We made a lot of progress both on trade and obviously, very importantly, we have discussed in great detail North Korea, with also South Korea, as you just saw.
So we will continue that dialogue -- the relationship that has never been closer with Japan and the United States.
It will continue on with that way. I look forward to discussing some things that the group is here specifically to discuss, and we will be reporting back to you later.
Thank you all very much. You heard about China - what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That was a tremendous move and we have great respect and also would like to thank President Xi of China. It was a great thing he did today. Thank you very much. Thank you very much for being here