The threat posed by North Korea was the main topic in phone calls between President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan, Politico reports.
The White House released readouts of Trump’s phone calls with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“The two leaders exchanged views on the growing threat from North Korea, including their unity with respect to increasing pressure on the regime to change its dangerous path. They reaffirmed that the United States-Japan Alliance stands ready to defend and respond to any threat or action taken by North Korea,” the Japan statement reads.
“President Trump raised the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula”, the China statement reads.
Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of expected meetings with the leaders of Asia’s two biggest economies at a Group of 20 nations summit in Germany later this week.
Last week, Trump said that he had talked with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea about the potential North Korean threat, which is believed to include the possibility of nuclear weapons being unleashed on Seoul or elsewhere.
“The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people or its neighbors and has no respect for human life,” Trump said after the meeting with his South Korean counterpart.