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Abe, Trump agree to cooperate with S Korea: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he and U.S President Donald Trump agreed to work together with South Korea in pressing North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile development programs.

During their telephone talks, Abe also called on Trump to ensure the safety of U.S. military helicopter flights in Okinawa following a series of emergency landings and accidents in the southern Japanese island prefecture, which hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan.

In Washington, the White House said in a statement that the two men “agreed on the need to intensify the international maximum pressure campaign to denuclearize North Korea.”

The hourlong phone talks came ahead of a visit to Japan on Tuesday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who will fly on to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Abe will also attend the ceremony and meet with South Korean President Moon Jae In on Feb 9.

The prime minister praised Trump’s first State of the Union address earlier this week that pledged to continue a U.S.-led maximum pressure campaign on North Korea. Read more

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he and U.S President Donald Trump agreed to work together with South Korea in pressing North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile development programs.

During their telephone talks, Abe also called on Trump to ensure the safety of U.S. military helicopter flights in Okinawa following a series of emergency landings and accidents in the southern Japanese island prefecture, which hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan.

In Washington, the White House said in a statement that the two men “agreed on the need to intensify the international maximum pressure campaign to denuclearize North Korea.”

The hourlong phone talks came ahead of a visit to Japan on Tuesday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who will fly on to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics.