Trump speaks with Japanese leader after North Korea’s missile launch


President Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday to discuss North Korea’s most recent missile launch.

“The President emphasized that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose,” the White House said in a readout of the president’s phone call. “The President also made clear that the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to deter and defend itself and its allies with the full range of its military capabilities.”

{mosads}The two leaders also “agreed to stay in close communication to enhance cooperation on North Korea.”

Trump met with Abe last month at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., during which North Korea also conducted a missile test.

North Korea’s most recent launch comes just days before the president plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. 

With mounting fears about North Korea’s growing nuclear program, the White House plans to pressure Xi to take a tougher approach with China’s increasingly aggressive Korean ally.

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