Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said in a statement China must decide if it is willing to back imposing stronger U.N. sanctions on North Korea over Friday nightâs long-range missile test, the Northâs second this month.
Any new U.N. Security Council resolution âthat does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no valueâ, Haley said, adding that Japan and South Korea also needed to do more.
Abe told reporters after his conversation with Trump that repeated efforts by the international community to find a peaceful solution to the North Korean issue had yet to bear fruit in the face of Pyongyangâs unilateral âescalationâ.
âInternational society, including Russia and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure,â Abe said.
He said Japan and the United States would take steps toward concrete action but did not give details.
Abe and Trump did not discuss military action against North Korea, nor what would constitute the crossing of a âred lineâ by Pyongyang, Deputy Chief Cabinet spokesman Koichi Hagiuda told reporters.
A White House statement after the phone call said the two leaders âagreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and farâ.
The white house said Trump âreaffirmed our ironclad commitmentâ to defend Japan and South Korea from any attack, âusing the full range of United States capabilitiesâ.
Japanâs Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the talk between Abe and Trump lasted for about 50 minutes.
âThe role that China can play is extremely important,â he told a news conference.
âJapan intends to call on those countries involved, including the UN, the United States and South Korea to start, but also China and Russia, to take on additional duties and actions to increase pressure,â Suga said, declining to give details about what those steps might be.
North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the U.S. mainland, drawing a sharp warning from Trump and a rebuke from China.
Trump later wrote on Twitter that he was âvery disappointedâ in China and that Beijing profits from U.S. trade but had done ânothingâ for the United States with regards to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue.
Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Qian Keming, asked at a news conference in Beijing about Trumpâs tweets, said there was no link between the North Korea issue and China-U.S. trade.
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