United States allies divided over Trump's threat against North Korea


United States allies divided over Trump's threat against North Korea

In his maiden address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said that no nation on Earth has an interest in seeing "this band of criminals" arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

On September 11, the UN Security Council increased sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, imposing a ban on the isolated nation's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and landed far out into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese and South Korean officials, further ratcheting up tensions in the region.

Abe also said he wanted to create a "regulatory sandbox system" in Japan, allowing entrepreneurs to start new businesses without conforming to existing regulations for a period of time, without offering details.

Abe said Trump "sent a strong message to the world" in NY about the issue of the abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Abe and Trump confirmed that the two countries will work together to press Pyongyang on this point, as well as to secure the release of USA citizens held in North Korea.

Donald Trump has stepped up his campaign against North Korea. The trio agreed to work closely to resolve the North Korea situation, specifically by persuading China and Russian Federation to join in pressuring Pyongyang.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea in a speech to the United Nations, saying Kim Jong Un was getting away with worse behaviour than any dictator since the end of the Cold War. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future'.

During a press briefing Thursday afternoon, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin unveiled new sanctions aimed at restricting North Korea and its developing nuclear program. Abe pointed out November will mark 40 years since the abduction, and vowed to "continue to do all possible efforts" for Yokota and other Japanese abductees to secure their return home. "We must prevent the goods, funds, people, and technology necessary for nuclear and missile development from heading to North Korea", he stressed.