Trump, Abe discuss ‘grave and growing’ threat from N. Korea

Trump, Abe discuss ‘grave and growing’ threat from N. Korea
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President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the "grave and growing" threat from North Korea after Pyongyang conducted its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Trump and Abe during a call on Sunday agreed that North Korea "poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far," according to a readout from the White House.


"President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, and to convincing other countries to follow suit," the White House said.

Trump also reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to defend Japan and South Korea from "any attack."

Abe told reporters that Trump said he would "take all necessary measures to protect" Japan, according to The Associated Press. 

The call came after Pyongyang conducted its latest test of an ICBM that it says is capable of striking the mainland United States.

Trump has vowed to put pressure on China to do more to curb Pyongyang's rapidly advancing programs.

On Saturday, he tweeted he was "very disappointed" in China for not doing more to rein in North Korea.