In a joint press conference, President Trump and Japan Prime Minster Shinzō Abe made it clear they are 100% united against the regime of North Korea and their nuclear ambitions.
As reported in Politico
TOKYO — U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe presented a unified front against North Korea’s regime Monday, putting increased pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
“The era of strategic patience is over,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Abe.
Trump also defended his aggressive posture toward North Korea, which has sparked concerns among some U.S. allies that the president is escalating tensions in the region.
“Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong, but look what’s happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years,” he said. “Look where we are now.”
During a September speech at the United Nations, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and earlier this summer promised “fire and fury” if the rogue nation doesn’t stop its efforts to launch a nuclear weapon.
Abe, who has repeatedly touted his close relationship with Trump during the trip, echoed the U.S. president’s commitment to taking on the regime.
“We are together 100 percent,” Japan’s prime minister vowed.
“Now is the time not for dialogue, but for applying a maximum level of pressure on North Korea,” Abe said, urging China to do more to hobble Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
Abe also pledged to soon announce new sanctions on North Korea, including freezing the assets of 35 individuals and entities.
Trump also appeared to send a subtle message to North Korea’s leader that releasing Japanese citizens and others who were abducted and brought into the country would be an important sign of good will.
“That would be the start of something I think would be something very special, if he would do that,” Trump said.
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