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Trump calls North Korea a 'big problem', promises to resolve issue
May 26, 2017 / 9:10 AM / 5 months ago

Trump calls North Korea a 'big problem', promises to resolve issue

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea was a “big problem”, but assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that issues surrounding the secretive Asian state would be resolved.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“It is very much on our minds... It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem and it will be solved. At some point it will be solved. You can bet on that,” Trump said sitting alongside Abe in a bilateral meeting ahead of a Group of Seven summit.

North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is seen as a major security challenge for Trump, who has vowed to prevent the country from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.

(This story corrects spelling in headline)

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Noah Barkin

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