Abe, Trump agree on close coordination over N. Korea issues

Abe, Trump agree on close coordination over N. Korea issues

Abe, Trump agree on close coordination over N. Korea issues

Underscoring that point, Washington has recently deployed numerous strategic assets to the peninsula as part of annual joint war games with the South. The launches are considered to be in violation with the corresponding resolution adopted by the United Nations.

South Korea on Friday lauded the summit agreement between the USA and Chinese leaders to work closely together to convince North Korea to curb its nuclear program.

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The US has been pushing China to put pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear program and missile testing, but Trump said in an interview published Sunday with the Financial Times that the US would be prepared to act alone to stop North Korea.

The new US administration has repeatedly suggested it will take a harder line toward Pyongyang, saying ex-President Barack Obama's policies that relied on diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions have failed.

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Kim Jong-un has said North Korea is on the "brink of war" with America in response to growing tensions between the two countries.

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When Trump was hosting his talks with Abe at the same retreat in mid-February, North Korea blasted an a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile from a mobile launcher that flew about 500 km before landing in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

"They agreed to increase cooperation and work with the global community to convince the DPRK to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said of the talks' results. The report did not name the official, which is common in KCNA reports.

The strike group includes the Carl Vinson, several guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser, according to a statement on the navy's website.

"It does seem to suggest that Trump is more willing to pull the trigger than Obama", said Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea's Pusan National University.

The response by North Korea's foreign ministry, carried by the official KCNA news agency, was the first since U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of missiles at a Syrian air base which the Pentagon says was involved in a chemical weapons attack earlier in the week. It was accused of having its leader's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, assassinated with VX nerve agent at a Malaysian airport on February 13.

"The Syria attack thoroughly reminds us the fact that it is absolutely risky to have any illusions about imperialism and only military power of our own will protect us from imperialistic aggression", he added.

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