"We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it", she said. During the conversation, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart to stop delivering oil to North Korea. Such discussions have always been off-limits for Beijing, which fought on North Korea's side against the United States in the 1950-53 Korean war and remains its treaty ally.
Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from having the capability to strike the USA mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, using military force if necessary.
"We aren't going back (to North Korea), business here is good", she replied, when asked about whether they would leave soon because of United Nations sanctions.
Those sanctions targeted North Korean shipping and Chinese companies that deal with the North.
"That said, I fully support the position of our president and the Foreign Ministry on the issue". China is North Korea's neighbor and its sole major trading partner. "China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands", Haley said.
China shut down all joint ventures and firms operated by North Korean entities or individuals in September.
A woman who answered the phone at the North Korean consulate in Shenyang said she didn't know what would happen to North Korean businesses and joint ventures in China once United Nations sanctions kicked in.
China has already ordered the closure of North Korean businesses in the country and told Chinese companies they can not hire new workers from the North or renew contracts. A group of Russian MPs, who visited Pyongyang earlier this week, said that the North Korean side expressed readiness to engage in talks, but demanded that Moscow play a mediating role. "We hope that all the interested parties will adopt a honest and positive attitude, pooling their efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible".
Staff at the reception desk at the Chilbosan, who confirmed the hotel was North Korean-owned, said they had no plans to close because of the sanctions.
Recent sanctions are squeezing North Korean businesses overseas which have to send some of their profits back to the state, according to Cheng.
"The North Korean government has been upping the target payments because they have fewer ways to earn hard currency now", said Cheng.