Japan leader: G-7 agrees more pressure on N. Korea

Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to "enhance" sanctions on North Korea, including targeting entities that support North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Several countries have been pushing for stronger sanctions against North Korea in response to the repeated missile tests that have been carried out in Pyongyang in this past year.

Meeting before a Group of Seven summit, Trump and Abe dedicated much of their discussion to the issue, aides said.

Japan and the USA will cooperate on enhanced North Korea sanctions, targeting entities that help the North's weapons programs according to a White House press release issued on Friday. "In my discussions with senior officials in both South Korea and the U.S., the view was that should North Korea ever be recognised as a nuclear weapons state, then Japan and (South) Korea would have little option than to develop their own nuclear weapons capability", she said. It's a big problem, it's a world problem and it will be solved. It's a world problem.

Mr Trump has vowed to prevent the country from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.


That's according to a White House readout of the pair's meeting today ahead of the G-7 summit of wealthy nations.

"It is the time for the global community to jointly pile pressure [on North Korea]", Abe said.

Abe told leaders that "at this moment, maintaining pressure is necessary", and "China has significant influence and a major role and Prime Minister Abe said China should take an even larger role", Maruyama said.

But Beijing, the North's main trade partner, has made clear that the push for diplomatic talks - not imposing more sanctions - is the priority.

The US is anxious that if North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is not stopped, other countries in the region including Japan and South Korea would be compelled to seek their own nuclear capability as a defence measure. G7 urged Pyongyang to comply in full with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and to abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.


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