Trump, Abe discuss exerting pressure on North Korea
ANI | Updated: Sep 03, 2017 08:59 IST
Washington D.C. [U.S.A], September3 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and agreed to have close cooperation between their countries to put pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile program, the White House has announced.
The conversation between the two leaders came as North Korean state media had announced that the country had developed a more advanced hydrogen bomb that it says it plans to load onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB).
"The two leaders noted the need to strengthen the Republic of Korea's defense capabilities to counter provocations and threats from North Korea, and reached an agreement in principle to revise the 'missile guideline' to the extent hoped by the South Korean side," South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted South Korean presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun as saying.
North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile on August 29 capable of carrying a nuclear payload that traveled nearly 2,700 kilometers into the Pacific and triggered alert warnings as it flew over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
During his talks with Japanese leader, Trump also noted that he "looks forward to continued trilateral coordination" on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later this month in New York, the Hill reported.
The U.S. and South Korea conducted joint military exercises in the face of North Korean aggression last month.
During a visit to the country's Nuclear Weapons Institute, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile)," the Korean Central News Agency reported.(ANI)