Duterte: PH supports Japan's stance vs North Korea

Duterte: PH supports Japan's stance vs North Korea

Duterte: PH supports Japan's stance vs North Korea

Japan and South Korea, East Asian countries that also host U.S. military installations, are likewise bracing for possible missile attacks.

Abe's stance appears to largely mirror Trump's.

"We have said it several times already in the past that it is not to the interest of North Korea to swagger around and threaten the world, of keeping us hostage with the atomic weapons", he added.

Abe said Pyongyang continues to hurl "rhetorical provocations" against the U.S. and its regional allies.

"We should create a situation in which North Korea comes to us to ask for dialogue in exchange for changing their policies", Abe said. Five of the 17 were repatriated in 2002.

On history, Taiwan and other major issues of principle concerning the political foundation of the China-Japan relations, the Japanese side should always act in light of the four political documents and the consensus reached by the two sides, Xi said.

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In 1988, the parents of a university student who went missing in Europe and was believed to have been abducted by Pyongyang visited the office of Abe's father, former Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe.

The Philippine leader, known for his colorful language, earlier called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "chubby" and "son of b***h".

"Prime Minister Abe has a very strong determination to resolve the abduction issue", said another senior government official, adding he persuaded Trump to mention the abduction of Megumi in his first speech at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September.

Pyongyang's military launched 22 missiles during 15 total tests between February and September of this year, putting the North well on pace to surpass the 24 missiles it tested last year, CNN reported.

"I can assure you that in the matter of the interest of your country and mine, we are supporting you against what North Korea is doing", Duterte told Japanese Minister during their bilateral meeting.

"In the midst of concerns about the rise of protectionism and inward looking orientation in the world, in order to enhance predictability of the economies of the region and the world, to mitigate vulnerabilities and to maintain and strengthen the free trading system, the significance of financial cooperation between the Asean Plus Three becomes increasingly greater", Abe pointed out.

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