Trump blasts ‘menace’ North Korea’s nuclear missile ambitions as he tells Japanese and Chinese leaders that ‘something has to be done’ to defang Kim Jong-Un

Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

US president met with South Korean and Chinese leaders at the G20 summit
Focused in both bilateral meetings on North Korea’s nuclear missile threat
Told China’s Xi that ‘something has to be done’ about Kim Jong-Un’s belligerence
Warned Japan’s Shinzo Abe about ‘the problem and menace of North Korea’

8 July 2017

President Donald Trump assailed North Korea as a ‘problem and menace’ Saturday as he met with Asian allies on the sidelines of an international summit to build consensus on next steps after the North’s recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

‘Something has to be done about it,’ Trump said as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In a separate meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said the two were tackling ‘the problem and menace of North Korea.’

Abe, speaking through a translator, noted that the security situation in the Asia Pacific region has become ‘increasingly severe’ due to North Korea’s push to develop its ballistic missile and nuclear program. Abe said he wanted to ‘demonstrate the robust partnership as well as the bonds’ between Japan and the U.S. on the issue.

North Korea’s successful test launch of an ICBM was a major milestone in its long-term effort to build a missile that could carry a nuclear warhead to attack the United States.

The extensive slate of meetings with Abe, Xi, British Prime Minister Theresa May and others came on the final day of the annual Group of 20 summit, which has been marked by violent demonstrations by anti-globalization activists.

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