Abe, Trump discuss North Korea amid rising tensions

Abe, Trump discuss North Korea amid rising tensions

Abe, Trump discuss North Korea amid rising tensions

"North Korea's nukes and missiles are an issue for the global community, but it is also a serious security threat to Japan", Abe said.

"Provocations from North Korea have grown far too common and far too risky to ignore, ' a US State Department spokesperson added".

"The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic outcome from its foolish military provocative act", the newspaper said.

Fresh off an vast North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang's follow-up act will be even bigger.

"What's only laid for aggressors is dead bodies", the newspaper said.

Abe said Japan had begun naval exercises with the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier leading a strike group into the region.

Washington and its allies fear Pyongyang could be preparing to conduct another nuclear missile test or launch more ballistic missiles.

China, which has repeatedly called for the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, is increasingly anxious the situation could spin out of control, leading to war and a chaotic collapse of its isolated, impoverished neighbour.

State broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as telling Trump that China strongly opposes North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which violates United Nations Security Council resolutions, and hopes "all parties will exercise restraint and avoid aggravating the situation" on the Korean Peninsula.

"China hopes to work with relevant parties including the United States to make the contribution to keep the peace and stability in the Korean peninsula", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing Monday. On Tuesday the country marks the 85th anniversary of its army's founding.

In a separate call with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzō Abe, Trump and Abe agreed China should play a role in resolving tensions with Pyongyang.

Gary Locke, a former USA ambassador to China, told CNN the detention is North Korea trying to get as many "bargaining chips" as possible to make it more hard for the United States.

"We will maintain close contact with the United States, keep a high level of vigilance and respond firmly", he said.

Trump has reportedly settled on a strategy that emphasizes increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China.

He expressed appreciation for Trump's words and actions.

The US vice-president, Mike Pence, who recently visited South Korea, said on Saturday the carrier group would arrive within days.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun gave no details about the South's plan to join the approaching U.S. carrier group for exercises, apart from saying Seoul was holding discussions with the U.S. Navy.

"I can say the South Korean and USA militaries are fully ready for North Korea's nuclear test", Moon said.

However, US officials have told the Associated Press that a military response is unlikely.

Last year, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests, which would have improved its knowledge in making nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles. Analysts said earlier this month that North Korea's only nuclear site is "primed and ready" for another test.

Adding to the tension, North Korea detained a Korean-American man named Tony Kim, who was teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

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