Trump speaks to Abe on N Korea

Kristopher Drake
August 16, 2017

"Through a firm partnership between Japan and the USA and cooperating with China, Russia and the global community we agreed that our priority was to work to ensure that North Korea doesn't launch more missiles", Abe told reporter after he spoke to Trump. As recent as last week, Pyongyang threatened to test-fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, following U.S. President Donald Trump's promise of "fire and fury".

Air Self-Defense Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile interceptors were deployed in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures, which North Korea said its missiles would fly over, as well as Ehime located between Hiroshima and Kochi.

In a readout of the phone call between Trump and Abe, the White House said Trump "reaffirmed" that the U.S. was ready to respond to any North Korean threat to its allies.

He said he affirmed with Trump the importance of Japan and the United States working in close coordination with each other and with South Korea, as well as in cooperation with China, Russia and the rest of the worldwide community.

According to government officials, Abe and Trump also agreed that now was the time to implement tougher economic sanctions against North Korea, including a total export ban on its coal and seafood.

Japan joins the US and announces it's taking a tougher stance against North Korea.

It was Abe and Trump's first telephone conversation since July 31.

President Trump's Japanese counterpart says both Japan and the USA will monitor the situation in Pyongyang, and employ a missile defense system to ensure the safety of Japanese civilians.

Japan will be represented by Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, and the United States by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Tensions in the region, with North Korea and the United States both threatening military action over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, weighed on the minds of many at the shrine.

Onodera and Kono also plan to separately hold talks with their respective counterparts Thursday, the government said.

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