In an almost 50-minute phone call, Monday President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke and agreed that more stringent action has to be taken concerning North Korea’s growing hostility, Reuters reports.
This came after Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said the United States was “done talking about North Korea”. In a statement, Haley said China(North’s closest ally) must decide if it is willing to support slapping stronger U.N. sanctions on North Korea after its second long-range missile test Friday.
According to the ambassador, any new U.N. Security Council resolution “that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value”, she also emphasized that Japan and South Korea had to pull their weight. After the phone call with Trump, Abe told reporters that “International society, including Russia and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure”, and that Japan and the United States would take steps toward concrete action without giving details.
According to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet spokesman Koichi Hagiuda, the conversation did not cover military action against North Korea, or what would constitute the crossing of a “red line” by the North.
The White House said both leaders “agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far” and the president “reaffirmed our ironclad commitment” to defend Japan and South Korea from any attack, “using the full range of United States capabilities”.North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the U.S. mainland, drawing a sharp warning from Trump and a rebuke from China.
North Korea said Saturday that it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that had the ability to strike the U.S.