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Abe Says Japan Fully Behind US on Pressuring North Korea

Abe did not specifically comment on Trump's weekend tweet about North Korea that said, "only one thing will work!"

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    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.

    In a televised debate Sunday among leaders of major political parties, Abe said North Korea had failed to deliver on past promises to give up its pursuit of nuclear technology made during "six-party" talks with Japan, China, the U.S., Russia and South Korea. 

    "They used the framework of the dialogue to earn time so that they could develop their nuclear technology," Abe said. "As the result, their nuclear capability has reached to this level and we cannot afford being deceived by them again." 

    Abe did not specifically comment on a tweet during the weekend about North Korea by U.S. President Donald Trump. 

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    Trump didn't clarify the remark, which some speculated could refer to either action against North Korea's nuclear weapons program or a withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact.

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    Trump said that 25 years of negotiations had not worked, with "agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!"

    Abe did say his government supports the U.S. stance that more pressure is needed and all options are on the table. 

    Concerns over North Korea are a top issue in a Japanese parliamentary election scheduled for Oct. 22

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