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Japan to Impose Additional Sanctions on North Korea

08 November 2017

Speaking at a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump says Japan will be able to shoot missiles from North Korea "out of the sky" with that equipment.

Abe, who has taken a more hawkish view on North Korea than some of his predecessors, agreed with Trump's assessment that "all options on the table" when dealing with Kim Jong Un and announced new sanctions against several dozen North Korea individuals.

He offered few specifics though - focusing instead on their close personal relationship as they referred to each other as "Donald" and "Shinzo" - and stressing their unity on North Korea, which has fired two missiles over Japan in recent months.

US President Donald Trump has urged Japan to buy more American-made military gear to reduce the US trade deficit with Japan.

Part of the focus of the tour is on rallying other regional powers to step up their efforts to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"No one likes conflict", the Japanese premier said through an interpreter.

Abe endorsed Trump's skepticism of talks with North Korea.

In an apparent reference to China's maritime muscle-flexing in the South China Sea, Abe also said that a "free and open maritime order based upon the rule of law is the foundation of peace and prosperity in the region".

US first lady Melania Trump tried her hand Monday at Japanese calligraphy at a Tokyo elementary school.

US President Donald Trump (at right) delivering his speech.

"The era of strategic patience was over".

Both the USA and Japan have warships equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, although Japan is also considering a similar shore-based system or possibly the same Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system deployed in South Korea. He also pledged to work closely with the USA if Japan needs to shoot down the North's missiles.

Though he stood in one of the Asia capitals in range of North Korea's missiles, Trump did not modulate his fiery language, declaring that Pyongyang imperiled "international peace and stability".

"The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should", Trump said.

In his public appearances so far, Trump has sought to cast himself as a highly successful chief executive, touting the USA economy while taking credit for a streak of hiring by American companies. Combined with his newfound domestic strength, Abe has a historic opportunity to balance his foreign policy by globalizing the U.S. -Japan alliance in such a way that benefits his own priorities moving forward. Now that Abe is unchallenged until 2021, the potential for public-private partnership that is already characteristic of "Japan Inc." has never been higher.

"Indeed, how many hours of dialogue did we have?"

Japan to Impose Additional Sanctions on North Korea