President Donald Trump’s “all options on the table” stance regarding North Korea has the full subsistence Japan’s government, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday.
Abe’s statements came during a televised debate among leaders of Japan’s major political parties. The nation’s voters will head to the polls Oct. 22 for parliamentary elections.
The Japanese leader said North Korea had failed to deliver on past promises to end 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 hour so that they could develop their nuclear power plants, ” Abe said. “As the result, their nuclear capability has reached to this level and we cannot afford being misled by them again.”
Abe did not specifically comment on a message about North Korea that President Trump tweeted during the weekend.
Trump wrote that 25 years of negotiations with North Korea had not worked, with “agreements transgressed before the ink was dry, creates fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but merely one thing will work! “
Abe said his government supports the U.S. view that greater pressure is needed and all options are on the table.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike- whose party is regarded as Abe’s party’s strongest opponent in the upcoming election- positioned her party as a “middle of the fairway” choice for Japan’s voters, Reuters reported.
Koike’s Party of Hope is challenging Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party( LDP) as well as other smaller parties.
Concerns over North Korea currently rank as a top issue in the Japanese election.
The Associated Press contributed to this story .
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