Praising President Trump’s commitment to take all necessary measures to protect Japan following North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile test in a month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the two world leaders have agreed to take further action against the isolated regime. He also called on China and Russia to do more to stop communist dictator Kim Jong Un.
“We have made consistent efforts to resolve the North Korean problem in a peaceful manner, but North Korea has ignored that entirely and escalated the situation in a one-sided way,” Abe said, according to Bloomberg. “The international community, starting with China and Russia, must take this obvious fact seriously and increase pressure.”
According to Abe, Japan is prepared to strengthen its defense system and capabilities in cooperation with the U.S. and take every possible measure to protect the Japanese people.
After speaking with Abe by phone, the White House issued a statement saying that the two leaders have “agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far,” Reuters reported.
In a show of force, the U.S., Japanese and South Korea militaries conducted bomber-jet drills over the Korean peninsula for roughly ten hours on Saturday. U.S. Pacific Air Forces sent two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers to join in the sequenced bilateral missions.
“The time for talk is over,” said United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley in a statement. “The danger the North Korean regime poses to international peace is now clear to all.”
After conducting test launches of ICBMs on July 3 and July 28, North Korea now claims that it has the capability to bomb the U.S. mainland.
ABOUT SHINZO ABE
Shinzō Abe (born 21 September 1954) is the current Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He is the third longest serving Prime Minister of the post-war Japan.
Hailing from a politically prominent family, at age 52, Abe became Japan’s youngest post-war prime minister, and the first to be born after World War II, when he was elected by a special session of the National Diet in September 2006. Abe resigned on 12 September 2007, for health reasons. He was replaced by Yasuo Fukuda, beginning a string of five prime ministers, none of whom retained office for more than sixteen months, before Abe staged a political comeback.
On 26 September 2012, Abe defeated former Minister of Defense Shigeru Ishiba for the LDP presidency. Following the LDP’s landslide victory in the 2012 general election, he became the first former Prime Minister to return to the office since Shigeru Yoshida in 1948. He was re-elected for the third time at the 2014 general election, retaining his two-thirds majority with coalition partner Komeito.
In 2015, Abe’s government refused to admit refugees affected by conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Abe stated that Japan must solve its own problems before accepting any immigrants. Abe has favored short-term working visas for migrant workers to “work and raise incomes for a limited period of time, and then return home.”
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