"It's a world problem and it will be solved at some point".
"It is very much on our minds.It's a big problem, it's a world problem and it will be solved".
The Group of Seven nations on Saturday addressed North Korea's ever-growing nuclear and ballistic missile program, calling it a grave threat to the world.
But South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Thursday that Trump has approved a four-point policy plan on North Korea that does not include the option of military action, citing a South Korean lawmaker who met with Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy.
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smile during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.
It carried out two atomic tests a year ago, insisting it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion.
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently told a United Nations gathering that the U.S. would not hesitate to sanction other countries that support the North's illegal activities.
Abe was apparently also frustrated with the fact that coordination among Japan, the USA 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. "They also agreed to further strengthen the alliance between the United States and Japan, to further each country's capability to deter and defend against threats from North Korea".
But the statement lacked any explicit pressure on China, North Korea's primary economic and diplomatic benefactor, to do more to impose tougher measures than just an indirect nod, in the form of a request to the "international community" to "redouble its efforts". "We will be discussing terrorism, but I think we will really in particular be focused on the North Korea problem", Trump said.
On May 21, North Korea launched Pukgukson-2 middle range ballistic missile.
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.