U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a phone conversation Wednesday that pressure should be kept up on North Korea, a senior Japanese government official told reporters.

FILE PHOTO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes his fist as he speaks to his party’s lawmakers. September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a phone conversation Wednesday that pressure should be kept up on North Korea, a senior Japanese government official told reporters.

The two men also agreed that “dialogue for the purpose of dialogue” was meaningless,” the official said.

In recent weeks North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, and is fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

(Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; writing by Malcolm Foster; editing by John Stonestreet)



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