Trump, Japanese PM agree to 'maximize pressure' on North Korea

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discuss ways to pressure North Korea over its missile program.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump
Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by phone Saturday and discussed ways to "maximize pressure" on North Korea over its missile program.

Trump and Abe "reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea in the face of the growing threat from North Korea," the White House said in a statement quoted by The Hill.

Trump also noted that he "looks forward to continued trilateral coordination" on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later this month in New York.

The call came hours after North Korean state media announced that the country had developed a hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) that could be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

In January of 2016, North Korea claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb, but experts cast doubts on those claims, saying the evidence points to a far smaller explosion.

Earlier this week, Pyongyang launched a missile over Japan. Its leader, Kim Jong Un, later boasted that the missile launch was just the first step of a military operation that would include Guam.

Trump had said “all options are on the table” following the missile launch, but his Defense Secretary, James Mattis, later indicated that the U.S. preferred to solve the crisis in a diplomatic manner.