WASHINGTON-- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the North Korean nuclear threat during a phone conversation Tuesday, the White House said.

The two leaders spoke of "the need to continue international pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapon and missile programs," it said in a statement.

Trump later told reporters that it was a "great call" that lasted almost an hour and a half.

"We're talking about North Korea," he said. "We're talking about very strongly about North Korea and Ukraine."

The United States and Russia are key players in the international campaign to bring North Korea to the negotiation table over its weapons programs. But the two countries -- both permanent veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council -- have also been at odds over how best to influence the regime. Washington has typically favored tougher economic sanctions against Pyongyang.

Trump and Putin also discussed ways to bring peace to Syria and jointly fight terrorism in the Middle East and Central Asia, according to the White House.

Source: Yonhap News Agency