According to a senior White House official, U.S. President Donald Trump plans to demand that China take more action in the international effort to restrain Pyongyang. Trump will be visiting Beijing next month as part of his 12-day tour in Asia.

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During his visit to China next month, U.S. President Donald Trump will urge his Chinese counterpart to demonstrate a firmer stance toward its ally North Korea, a senior White House official told reporters on Monday.

Trump is expected to demand that Chinese President Xi Jinping fully implement the U.N. Security Council sanctions against the North Korean regime. In July, Trump took to Twitter to criticize China for not using all of its power to help the West restrain Pyongyang. In two subsequent tweets, Trump wrote: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”

Trump will head to Asia next month for a 12-day trip, his longest foreign tour as president. While in Asia, Trump will visit Japan, South Korea, China, the Philippines and Vietnam. According to various reports, a White House official has confirmed that Trump will likely not visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone while in South Korea.

Meanwhile, the U.S., South Korea and Japan launched a joint military drill Tuesday morning as part of the countries’ efforts to prepare for a possible North Korean missile or nuclear strike. According to a statement released by the South Korean army, the two-day missile tracking exercise will take place off the coasts of South Korea and Japan.