April 17, 2017 / 12:46 AM / 5 months ago

Japan PM strongly urges North Korea to refrain from further provocative actions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni (not pictured) at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday urged North Korea to refrain from taking further provocative actions, comply with U.N. resolutions and abandon its nuclear missile development.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated as U.S. President Donald Trump takes a hard rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from China and proceeded with missile tests. North Korea launched a failed ballistic missile test on Sunday.

Abe, speaking to parliament, said that he would exchange views on North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they hold a summit meeting later this month.

The United States, its allies, and China are working together on a range of responses to North Korea’s latest test, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Sunday, citing what he called an international consensus to act.

(This version of the story corrects latest missile test to Sunday, not Saturday.)

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Michael Perry

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