US, Japan to extend North Korea sanctions

The Japanese prime minister apparently aspired to turn the summit into an opportunity to increase pressure on North Korea by seeking agreement from other G-7 allies after cementing Japan-U.S. footing through the bilateral talks.

President Trump said Friday that the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions "will be solved".

On North Korea, the leaders appear certain to send a united message calling for further pressure on the country, which carried out its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday and has claimed it is putting the finishing touches on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver nuclear warheads to the US mainland.

It includes four main strategies - not recognizing North Korea as a nuclear state, imposing every possible sanction and pressure, not seeking a regime change and resolve the problem with dialogue, they added. It's a big problem, it's a world problem and it will be solved.

Abe was apparently also frustrated with the fact that coordination among Japan, the USA and South Korea - including the dispatch of the USS Carl Vinson to waters near the Korean Peninsula - has not resulted in thwarting North Korea's provocative actions. Tokyo and Washington believe that behind the North's continued acts of provocations lies the failure in the global community to take concerted measures against the North, with China, a close ally of North Korea, maintaining its stance of attaching weight to dialogue with the country.

Abe meant to use the summit to underscore the danger posed by the unpredictable regime in North Korea following its recent series of missile tests.

They also agreed to strengthen the U.S. -Japan alliance to further each country's capability to deter and defend against threats from North Korea.

The situation on the Korean peninsula has become increasingly tense in recent months due to the series of missile launches and nuclear tests conducted by Pyongyang.

The United States says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests, but it has also warned that military intervention was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling.

Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said the United States was looking at discussing with China a new U.N. Security Council resolution on pre-negotiated measures to reduce delays in any response to further nuclear tests or other provocations from the North.

  • Leroy Wright