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Abe, Trump agree to increase pressure on N. Korea after nuclear test

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald
Trump agreed in telephone talks late Sunday to seek to put the
strongest pressure on North Korea after Pyongyang carried out its
sixth nuclear test.

Abe also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly
afterward, urging Russia to cooperate at the U.N. Security Council to
address North Korean issues, the prime minister told reporters.

During their second telephone conversation of the day, Abe and
Trump also agreed they cannot tolerate North Korea's reckless action,
he said.

Abe and Trump held telephone talks on Sunday morning Japan time,
shortly after North Korea said it has succeeded in producing a
hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic
missile. In the afternoon, Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test and
claimed it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb.

The telephone talks late Sunday night were the fourth between
the leaders since Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile over Japan
on Tuesday. During their morning telephone conversation, Abe and
Trump agreed on the need to increase pressure on North Korea to make
it change its policies.

During their telephone talks, Abe and Putin also agreed to work
closely with each other, according to Abe. The two leaders are set to
meet at a regional forum starting Wednesday in Vladivostok. (Sept. 4)