Abe and Modi talk teamwork on open Indo-Pacific

15 November, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Diane Mills
  • President Donald Trump at the White House on Oct. 25 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday condemned North Korea's nuclear ambition and backed Japan's moves to counter threats posed by the rogue state amid heightened tensions.

World leaders who attended a regional summit here shared an "unprecedented sense of crisis" over North Korea's continuous development of nuclear weapons, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and United States President Donald Trump have shared jokes regarding trade deals during a leaders' summit in the Philippines.

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

In brief remarks prior to media being ushered out of the meeting, Turnbull said North Korea's "recklessness" needed to be stopped, while Abe said the most immediate challenge was to ensure regional peace and stability. It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only in Japan but all over the world.

"He should realize that he'd be responsible for ending life on this planet if his mind goes out of control".

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According to Duterte, the ASEAN is trying to persuade Kim to stop his aggressiveness as this may bring the world to the point of no return.

In September, the United Nations Security Council issued new sanctions against North Korea to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests. "The Philippines is about too far but, you know, nobody will save us from a holocaust if it happens", he added.

Trump ratcheted up pressure on North Korea even before he met Abe, saying before a crowd of U.S. and Japanese troops at the U.S. Yokota Air Base shortly after he arrived Sunday that "no one - no dictator, no regime and no nation - should underestimate, ever, American resolve".

"In the 50 years ahead, we want to lead together with ASEAN, which faces both the Indian and Pacific oceans, the development of a free and open worldwide order based on the rule of law, building on (ASEAN's) development so far", Abe said.

"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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