Abe: N. Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause

Abe: N. Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause

"I can assure you that in the matter of the interest of your country and mine, we are supporting you against what North Korea is doing", Duterte told Japanese Minister during their bilateral meeting.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under the leadership of Kim Jong Un as it accelerates a weapons programme created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile. In other words, the world will have to live with the status quo and uncertainties for the time being.

China has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which over one-third of global trade passes.

In his first stop in Japan, Trump - as expected - made a full agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put maximum pressure and sanctions on the Pyongyang government.

Duterte thanked Abe for Japan's assistance to the Philippines during and after the war against the Maute Group in Marawi City.

He has hinted that the USA may relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Abe: N. Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause
Abe: N. Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause

What was reassuring was that Trump and Moon - brushing aside concerns about differences in their approach toward the North Korea crisis - reaffirmed their commitment to a solid military alliance against the North.

"It (Philippines) is a strategic location - the most strategic location".

The two allies conducted the drill on Sunday involving three of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers and three escort vessels from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, as part of a U.S. strike force exercise amid growing tensions surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

Trump, though, refused to back down to Kim's threats and often takes to Twitter to blast the totalitarian. In his address to the National Assembly in Seoul, Trump called the North a "hell no person deserves", but he did not repeat any of his past comments like "totally destroy" or "little rocket man". In Seoul, he called on China and Russian Federation to fully implement United Nations sanctions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the North, and "sever all ties of trade and technology".

"The Philippines is about too far but, you know, nobody will save us from a holocaust if it happens", he said."We condemn the continued posturing of North Korea with the nuclear weapons", the President added.Abe, meanwhile, stressed that the nuclear and missile issues in the Korean peninsula were "grave and imminent" threats."We need to make North Korea change their policy by enhancing the pressure applied to North Korea to the highest level by all available means, including the full implementation of the Security Council's resolutions", Abe said in his remarks.North Korea has continued to beef up its nuclear program despite economic sanctions by the United Nations and widespread condemnation by the worldwide community.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier this week that Trump would announce at the end of his trip his decision whether or not to officially re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Excluding an abrupt change of position from the North - to a better or worse situation - putting up pressure that could amplify the stress is likely the most effective means for now.


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