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Duterte: PH supports Japan's stance vs North Korea

15 November 2017, 12:54 | Darnell Patrick

Duterte: PH supports Japan's stance vs North Korea

Duterte: PH supports Japan's stance vs North Korea

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.

World leaders who attended a regional summit in Manila shared an "unprecedented sense of crisis" over North Korea's continuous development of nuclear weapons, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Trade and the menace of North Korea topped the agenda during Malcolm Turnbull's three-way chat with US President Donald Trump and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe.

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. It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only in Japan but all over the world.

Right before the media were asked to leave the room, the Philippine President said there are efforts to persuade or "plead" with Kim to prevent him from "ending life on this planet".

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

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As he declared full support for Japan amid tensions in the Korean Peninsula, Duterte emphasized the special friendship between Manila and Tokyo.

"We're very far along, the dialogue has been very good I think for all countries, and we look forward to the continuation of that dialogue", he said. "It's nearly a sentimental attachment for many years", President Duterte said as he ditched his prepared speech for the event. "In behalf of the people of Marawi, I'd like to thank you again", he said.

He also thanked the Prime Minister for arranging his courtesy call withEmperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, a memory he said he'll cherish forever.

He likewise expressed his gratitude to Abe for turning over trainer aircraft, machineries and radar to the Philippines.

Among the exchange of notes witnessed by the leaders include the Metro Manila Subway project, Arterial Road Bypass Project Phase 3, and notes on the economic and social development program.

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