Donald Trump has said North Korea is a 'big problem but it will be solved'
The US president said, while sitting alongside Abe in a bilateral meeting ahead of a Group of Seven summit: “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.”
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.
Last month President Trump called North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un a "madman with nuclear weapons" during a phone call with Philippines' president Rodrigo Duterte.
According to a leaked transcript, Trump told Duterte in the April 29 call that the United States would "take care of North Korea," and had a lot of firepower in the region, although it did not want to use it.
A senior U.S. official said the Trump administration did not dispute the accuracy of the transcript and declined to comment further.
Trump met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G7 summit
Trump requested Duterte's help in impressing on China, North Korea's neighbour and only major ally, the need for it to help rein in Kim, the transcript showed.
"We can't let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that," Trump said. "We have a lot of firepower, more than he has, times 20, but we don't want to use it."
North Korea tests long range missile as nuclear programme continues
Mon, May 22, 2017
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North Korea has successfully launched a ground-to-ground missile 500km towards the Sea of Japan, as tensions on the Korean peninsular reach new heights.
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The ground-to-ground medium-to-long range ballistic missile
Trump reached out to Philippines' president Rodrigo Duterte over the North Korea threat
Trump said he hoped China would act to solve the North Korea problem.
"They really have the means because a great degree of their stuff comes through China," Trump said. "They (Beijing) are doing certain things, like not accepting calls. But if China doesn't do it, we will do it," Trump said, having asked Duterte if he thought China had influence over Kim.