U.S. and China discuss North Korea goals, sanctions and diplomacy

U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. will take any steps necessary to defend itself and its allies from the threat of North Korea, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said on Saturday.

Donilon relayed President Obama's statements and took questions during a press briefing at the White House. Donilon responded to questions about the recent visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and Saturday. When asked what Presidents Obama and Jinping agreed to during the meeting, Donilon said the two leaders agreed on goals with respect to North Korean denuclearization.

"With respect to North Korea, I think the important point here is full agreement on the goals -- that is denuclearization; full agreement that in fact the Security Council resolutions which put pressure on North Korea need to be enforced, and full agreement that we will work together to look at steps that need to be taken in order to achieve the goal," Donilon said.

Donilon said the two leaders also discussed enforcing U.N. Security Council resolutions and resuming the Six-Party Talks.

"There was a discussion about the importance of enforcing the United Nations Security Council resolutions and increase -- and continuing that pressure on North Korea so that the choice is very clear to North Korea," Donilon said. "On the Six-Party Talks, it was a discussion about the importance of any talks going forward being authentic and credible, that is, talks that would actually lead to a sensible result. And we really haven't seen from the North Koreans at this point that kind of commitment on the substance of potential talks."

Donilon said the meeting on Saturday morning between the two leaders was a true one-on-one with only interpreters present.