U.S., Japan agree to enhance North Korea sanctions: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his strong desire to resolve issues posed by North Korea as the secluded nation has been pushing forward with its nuclear and missile development programs, during bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here on May 26.

Bishop said the "loud and clear" message from Haley was that "when the United States said all options are on the table, they mean it, they are not kidding", pointing to the U.S. sending a nuclear submarine to the region.

"It's a world problem and it will be solved at some point".

Abe met with U.S. President Donald Trump for about 55 minutes Friday before the summit began.

Washington says it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea if it halts its nuclear and missile tests, but it has also warned that military intervention was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling. "You can bet on that", Trumps said in comments carried by Reuters.

However, as North Korea continues launching missiles and taking other provocative actions despite warnings from the nations concerned, there are signs that Japan and the United States - the two nations that are taking the lead on this issue among the G-7 - are feeling a sense of stagnation. "They also agreed to further strengthen the alliance between the United States and Japan, to further each country's capability to deter and defend against threats from North Korea".

Abe said he meant to use the G7 summit to underscore the danger posed by the unpredictable regime in North Korea. More, in the Philippines case there is actually a trend upward, and as Greitens noted, the Philippines is North Korea's third largest trading partner after China and India-even eclipsing Russian Federation. "North Korea now is rebuffing overtures from China, which is frustrating China", she said.

The North brought in 4,100 tons of grain from China in April, 5.4 times higher than 754 tons a year earlier, said Voice of America, citing Kwon Tae-jin, head of South Korean agricultural think tank GS&J Institute's North Korea and East Asia division.

To be sure, North Korea's trade flows with ASEAN are tiny compared with China, which accounts for about 90% of trade with Pyongyang.

A few days later, Trump drew criticism for telling a Bloomberg reporter that he would be "honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "under the right circumstances" to discuss their nuclear weapons program face-to-face.

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