President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday discussed the North Korean ballistic missile test that rocked the region one day earlier, the White House said.

"President Trump underscored the determination of the United States to defend ourselves and our allies from the growing threat posed by the North Korean regime," the White House said in a statement after the phone call. "President Trump emphasized the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearization."

Trump has long focused his North Korea policy on a campaign to persuade China to use its influence in Pyongyang to curb the nuclear ambitions of the Kim regime.

The president tweeted shortly after his phone call with Xi to announce his administration would impose a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea in light of the ballistic missile test on Monday.

The Treasury Department rolled out a punishing slate of sanctions against Pyongyang last week, when Trump moved to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.