Friday, 24 November, 2017

Abe, Trump, Turnbull affirm unity on N Korea on ASEAN sidelines

Abe, Trump, Turnbull affirm unity on N Korea on ASEAN sidelines Abe, Trump, Turnbull affirm unity on N Korea on ASEAN sidelines
Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 10:50

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier this week that Trump would announce at the end of his trip his decision whether or not to officially re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Trump kicked off his trip in Hawaii on November 3, before traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Japan hopes to increase high-level exchanges with China, carry out reciprocal economic and trade cooperation, and explore cooperation in connectivity and under the Belt and Road Initiative, he said.

Touching upon the significance of the 40th anniversary in 2018, Li said, "It means that we must further develop a goodwill relationship and overcome any difficulties that lie between us". Mr Abe said, "Golf clubs are where we can both relax and share our real feelings, and we took our time having a frank talk about all sorts of hard topics".

"I want us to strongly move forward the development of a strategic, mutually beneficial relationship", Abe replied, saying he too had noticed a trend of improvement.

Abe also promised to help ASEAN and its members in other key issues including the reconstruction of Marawi, a city in the Philippines recently liberated from an attempted takeover by ISIS-supported local terror groups.

Li called on Japan to hold the spirit of considering "history as a mirror to use in moving toward the future".

Mr. Trump focused on North Korea and its nuclear threat during his visits to South Korea and China and even fired off a series of tweets Saturday, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "short and fat".

At the ASEAN Regional Forum last August, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho said Washington's hostile policy and nuclear threat towards Pyongyang is the root cause of the problem amid concerns from several foreign ministers.

The countries remain at odds over the Japan-controlled, China-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are also claimed by Taiwan.

Speaking at the ASEAN-Japan Summit, Abe reiterated his call for the worldwide community to increase pressure on the hermit state- a move Japan hopes will make it seek dialogue and lay down arms.