MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The two leaders held a conversation a day after Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile.
According to the NHK media outlet, the Japanese prime minister conveyed his appreciation of the Trump team's position on North Korean missile threat, praising, in particular, a possibility of a military response.
On Sunday, Trump said in an interview with The Financial Times newspaper that he counted on China's assistance in solving the problem of North Korea's nuclear program, adding though that the United States was ready to act alone in case of Beijing's abstention.
Since the beginning of 2016, North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, prompting worldwide criticism. As a result, the UN Security Council tightened the sanctions regime for North Korea in an attempt to force Pyongyang to stop ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests, including imposing a measure intended to affect the country’s trade, export of natural resources, arms trade and banking sector.