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Trump, Japan Pressure China on North Korea

President Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe teamed up on Monday to put some pressure on China over its continued support for North Korea.

Trump and Abe

The leaders of the United States and Japan are teaming up to pressure Japan’s western neighbor, China, over the escalating situation in North Korea.

The Trump administration released a statement on Sunday night detailing the president’s Sunday call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. North Korea was the main topic of discussion (emphasis ours):

The two leaders agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe committed to increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, and to convincing other countries to follow suit.

If there was any doubt one of the “other countries” mentioned by the U.S. is China, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley put that to rest with her statement on Sunday afternoon. Haley said “China must decided whether it is finally willing to take this vital step”:

The U.S. is attempting to ramp up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea after the reclusive nation tested another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week. This ICBM was reportedly capable of reaching the American mainland.

The administration’s statements may just be the first step in a larger, broader push to get tough on China. Politico reported that President Trump may roll out “a set of economic measures meant to punish China” as soon as this week.