WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (Reuters / EP) –
The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump, held a telephone conversation this Saturday in which they discussed issues related to North Korea, Iran and trade issues.
“President Trump and Prime Minister Abe agreed to continue close communication and coordination, particularly in light of the recent and threatening statements issued by North Korea,” White House spokesman Judd Deere explained.
The call came after North Korea said the United States is trying to extend talks about denuclearization in view of the US presidential elections scheduled for 2020.
Specifically, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea, Ri Thae Song, said at the beginning of December that any announcement by the United States about the restart of the talks was nothing more than “a silly trick” by the Trump Administration, in order to use it in the next elections.
The deputy minister ended up ditching that his country “has done everything possible not to reverse the important steps it has taken on its own initiative,” as the official Korean news agency, KCNA.
Tensions between North Korea and the United States have increased in recent weeks. Pyongyang has criticized the United States this Saturday for its recent statements questioning the respect of the Asian country towards Human Rights, and has warned that this “verbal abuse” by Washington will pay “very expensive.”
In parallel, North Korea has conducted a series of weapons tests in recent weeks and some experts say the solitary state may be preparing for an intercontinental ballistic missile test that could put it back on a path of confrontation with states. United.