Duterte backs Japan vs North Korea

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Speaking to reporters before a trilateral meeting with the Australian and Japanese leaders in Manila, the Philippines, Trump cited "a lot of big progress" on trade during his five-nation Asia trip that ends Tuesday.

On North Korea, the leaders affirmed that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is their shared goal and agreed to work in closer coordination for regional peace and prosperity, including through the full enforcement of United Nations sanctions resolutions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to take more "practical actions" to improve bilateral ties and properly manage differences in a "constructive way".

At the meeting, Duterte, who hosts this year's ASEAN meetings, assured Abe of his support in Japan's position as it was a "matter of interest" for both countries.

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"We have said it several times already in the past that it is not [in] the interest of North Korea to swagger around and threaten the world, of keeping us hostage with the atomic weapons", the Philippine president added.

The leaders are also expected to unite in condemning North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. "It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only in Japan but all over the world", Duterte said, adding that he would be responsible for ending life in this planet "if his mind goes out of control".

Despite remote possibilities of the Philippines getting hit by a North Korean missile, Duterte told Abe that Manila is with Japan in pressuring the hermit state to stop its nuclear and missile program.

"That is why we are persuading him, maybe pleading him to stop the aggressive posture".

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During the meeting of two leaders in Japan in October, Abe said during the meeting that Japan will provide coastal surveillance radars to ensure effectiveness of Japan-made patrol vessels the Philippines ordered for PCG.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un has said it has the capability to attack the United States territory of Guam with a nuclear weapon in a direct threat to their arch enemy.

President Trump says he will make a "major" announcement Wednesday about North Korea, trade and other issues at the White House.

In a speech before South Korea's national assembly last week, Mr. Trump warned North Korea not to "underestimate" the U.S.

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