The Japanese prime minister and the presidents of the United States and South Korea will hold a trilateral meeting during the G20 summit to intensify pressure on North Korea.

The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg (Germany)
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The Japanese Prime Minister and the Presidents of the United States and South Korea will hold a trilateral meeting during the G20 summit to intensify the pressure on North Korea, it was announced on Monday.

The meeting was agreed by Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump during a telephone conversation and after previous contacts with Moon Jae-in to prepare for the trilateral meeting, Japanese executive spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, starting Friday, in which Russian and Chinese Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, among others, took part.

“The (trilateral) meeting is needed to coordinate the response to the North Korean provocations,” said Suga, who also pointed to the need for China to “get involved in resolving” the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Moon and Trump have already stressed the need to step up pressure on North Korea during a meeting last week in Washington, which was the first meeting between the two leaders since the South Korean president’s coming to power in May.

In recent months, the Kim Jong-un regime has redoubled the challenge to the international community with frequent missile tests that have increased tension in the region. In response, the Trump Administration hardened its tone and hinted at the possibility of a preemptive strike against North Korea.

Moon also hardened his speech to continued North Korean weapons testing.

 

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