G-7 unity on North Korea puts China in spotlight

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30 May, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country lies within the range of missiles North Korea has already developed, set out to convince his G-7 peers at the summit in Taormina, Sicily, that the threat is a global issue requiring a resolute response. The President said the United States will work with Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as our other allies and partners around the world, to increase pressure on North Korea and demonstrate that North Korea's current path is not sustainable. "You can bet on that", Trump said in reference to Pyongyang, Efe news reported.

The Group of Seven leaders hardened their stance on North Korea at their annual gathering last weekend, but analysts say this is just a start in efforts to persuade China to use its influence to tackle the threat from the hermit nation's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Abe met with U.S. President Donald Trump for about 55 minutes Friday before the summit began.

Abe said he meant to use the G7 summit to underscore the danger posed by the unpredictable regime in North Korea.

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Abe was apparently also frustrated with the fact that coordination among Japan, the US and South Korea - including the dispatch of the USS Carl Vinson to waters near the Korean Peninsula - has not resulted in thwarting North Korea's provocative actions.

"If China feels it is truly on its own (in its dealings with North Korea), it will make a move", he said. Abe insisted that a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for "tough measures" against Pyongyang would be necessary if the country continued with its provocative acts such as launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, and other leaders expressed support for the proposal.

Pyongyang has ratcheted up military tensions over World War 3 through a series of ballistic missile tests, which many observers said indicated it is on course to develop a longer-range missile capable of reaching the USA mainland.

China is said to be urging North Korea to exercise restraint, but has been reluctant to adopt strong sanctions that could lead to the collapse of the Kim Jong Un regime.


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