Abe tries to keep Trump-Xi talks laser-focused on Pyongyang

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Tokyo imposed a set of unilateral sanctions on North Korea in response to its missile tests in 2006, which have since been extended several times.

David Brancaccio: You parsed some of his campaign speeches, you saw, if you're really looking carefully as you were, there are places where as a candidate, Donald Trump thought maybe he could do some talking with these people.

Two military sources told NBC News that Air Force leadership doesn't necessarily support putting nuclear weapons in South Korea.

The move comes at a time of increased tensions as North Korea presses ahead with nuclear and missile programs, which have badly rattled the United States and its allies Japan and South Korea.

North Korea's offensive capabilities are improving.

Putting nukes in South Korea and assassinating Kim Jong-un are said to be among the solutions, according to top United States military officials.

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North Korean and South Korean players jump for the ball during their AFC Women's 2018 Asian Cup Group B qualifying football match at the Kim Il-Sung stadium. "Hopefully the president will convince them to put some pressure on North Korea".

Two weeks ago, the South Korean and USA militaries said they had detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.

North Korea is ready to deliver the "most ruthless blow" if provoked by the United States, its ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday, after President Donald Trump pledged to keep building up defences against Pyongyang.

That the Syria strikes were reportedly ordered shortly after Trump had dinner with the Chinese leader at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida appeared to send a message to Beijing as well as Pyongyang.

The European Union has rolled out additional sanctions on North Korea, aimed at punishing Pyongyang for actions that pose a grave threat to global peace and security.

Pyongyang has repeatedly condemned the military drills as provocative action and rehearsals for an invasion.

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The South Korea and North Korea women's hockey teams clashed on Thursday in a rare sporting event between the two nations.

Since then, games hosted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, have had to be played on neutral ground due to authorities' reluctance to see the South's flag in their capital.

Abe said that he told Trump that Japan is paying close attention to how China handles the issue of North Korea.

Brancaccio: One of the reasons it's just so confounding, right - there may have been this impulse by this new president to do some talking, yet the North Koreans do stuff that can lower the chances of talking.

"I think there's no doubt in Kim Jong Un's mind and in the minds of the elite who are advising him that this is a new paradigm", Bechtol said.

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