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Japan, U.S., Australia reaffirm solidarity

Jiji Press MANILA (Jiji Press) — The Japanese, U.S. and Australian leaders, at their meeting Monday, reaffirmed their firm solidarity against North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs and China’s maritime expansion.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed on their countries’ strong cooperation to play leading roles in securing regional peace and prosperity, according to officials with access to the 40-minute trilateral summit held in Manila on the sidelines of a series of meetings linked with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The three countries aim to promote a strategy for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, together with India, in order to realize growth and stability in areas from Asia to Africa.

Abe, Trump and Turnbull all underscored the importance of maximizing pressure on North Korea and fully implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to the officials.

Abe stressed that the North Korean issue is an immediate challenge and that steady cooperation between the three nations sharing fundamental values is a key to achieve regional peace and stability.

Turnbull echoed Abe, calling for continued joint efforts to stop Pyongyang’s reckless provocations and threats of conflict.

Trump said that the three countries have made a big step forward.

After the meeting, the Japanese and Australian prime ministers had their bilateral talks for 30 minutes, agreeing to work closely to deal with issues including China’s expansion in the South and East China Seas.

Abe and Turnbull also showed their eagerness to implement early a new Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact among 11 countries, excluding the United States.Speech

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