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Japan PM Shinzo Abe speaks with US President Donald Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with US President Donald Trump today and agreed on the need for further action on North Korea just hours after the US Ambassador to the United Nations said the United States is done talking about North Korea.

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement that China must decide if it is willing to back imposing stronger UN sanctions on North Korea over Friday night’s long-range missile test, the second this month. Any new UN Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value, Haley said, adding that Japan and South Korea also needed to do more.

Shinzo Abe told reporters following his conversation with Trump that repeated efforts by the international community to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue had yet to bear fruit in the face of Pyongyang’s unilateral escalation of the situation.

He said International society, including Russia and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure.

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