Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said the penalties imposed by the Security Council should be adjusted if the regime abides by United Nations resolutions and makes progress in diplomatic negotiations, the Associated Press reported.
Hannity asked the president how Trump went from calling Kim "little rocket man" just months ago to the pair sitting down for a summit.
Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbor could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country.
According to transcripts provided to TheBlaze, Trump told Hannity in an interview set to air Tuesday night, the diplomatic denuclearization process is "really moving rapidly" and explained the Kim regime is doing "so much".
As North Korea was conducting multiple missile tests past year and threatening to attack the U.S., Mr. Trump responded with rhetoric that was unusually aggressive for a U.S. leader.
After the Central Intelligence Agency informed Congress North Korea had built a centrifuge facility, another major step in the nuclear process, Pyongyang formally withdrew from the non-proliferation agreement in January 2003. "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies".
"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns", he said. "I think without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump said.