Duterte to North Korea's Kim: Don't end life on this planet

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"The possibility can not be ruled out that a military attack would kill Japanese abductees, given that President Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea", the official said.

Pyongyang's military launched 22 missiles during 15 total tests between February and September of this year, putting the North well on pace to surpass the 24 missiles it tested last year, CNN reported.

The Foreign Ministry official said, "I don't think the prime minister will abandon Japanese abductees in North Korea", expressing hope that Abe will ultimately urge Trump to refrain from war against Pyongyang.

"We need to make North Korea change their policy by enhancing the pressure applied to North Korea to the highest level by all available means, including the full implementation of the Security Council's resolutions", Abe said in his opening remarks. "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".

In September 2002, Abe accompanied then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to North Korea as a deputy chief Cabinet secretary and asked him to take a hardline stance toward the country, which helped draw words of apology for the abductions from the country's then leader, Kim Jong Il.

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North Korea has continued to beef up its nuclear program despite UN Security Council sanctions and widespread condemnation by the worldwide community.

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi and United States President Donald Trump held bilateral talks here.

"That is why we are persuading him, maybe pleading him to stop the aggressive posture because we are not... The Philippines is about too far but, you know, nobody will save us from a holocaust if it happens", he added.

While its shows of power have been met with heavy economic sanctions from the United Nations, it remains defiant and has on several occasions threatened to fire missiles over the US territory of Guam. He also proposed that Japan and China cooperate in doing business in third countries.

Another focus of the meeting between the three leaders according to Mr Trump was North Korea. "At the East Asia Summit, the leaders shared an unprecedented sense of crisis", Abe said in a press conference.

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