North and South Korea women face off in football match

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on the importance of close coordination over North Korean issues as Pyongyang continues its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Among the options being considered, according to officials, is for the U.S. to start positioning a number of nuclear weapons in South Korea.

North Korea considers Syria to be one of its few allies.

According to NBC News, both scenarios were part of a review of North Korea policy prepared ahead of Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.

Hagiuda said that given the Trump-Xi meeting, the Japanese and USA leaders discussed how Japan, the United States, South Korea and China should deal with North Korea while working with one another.

North Korea has threatened pre-emptive strikes on US and allied military installations in response to what it calls political, military and economic pressure and provocations - a sign of growing concern in Pyongyang over Washington's shows of strength.

Trump has said many times that "all options are on the table", and he promised Wednesday to use the "full range of US military capabilities" to defend the USA and its allies against the threat posed by North Korea. Most controversial among them was the suggestion of deploying nuclear weapons overseas for the first time since the Cold War. The U.S. military carried out a missile strike Thursday evening on a Syrian airbase housing the aircraft that dropped the chemical weapons on innocent civilians in violation of worldwide restrictions. It has conducted five nuclear tests - two since the beginning of a year ago - and scores of missile tests.

Trump talked up the meeting with lots of tough rhetoric about how he was going to get China to fully exert its influence over North Korea or, if he needed to, go it alone, saying Washington could "totally" resolve the issue without China's help.

China, North Korea's largest military and trade partner, has shown increasing annoyance with Pyongyang.

A packed crowd at the 40,000-plus capacity Kim Il-Sung stadium stood to hear the South Korean national anthem in respectful silence, before belting out the North's hymn.

Al-Assad thanked Kim for recognising the Syrian struggle to "meet such challenges as sinister actions of the world's terrorists and encouraged Syria to successfully weather the crisis without fail", North Korean media said.

"There is a difference between Syria and North Korea", Yamamoto said.

The response came with the grand bluster normally included in statements by North Korea.

The statement was made Thursday night local time, just hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife arrived in the southern state of Florida for their first meeting with Trump at his lavish Mar-a-Lago resort, the "Southern White House".

  • Leroy Wright