While in Japan, US President Donald Trump reassured America’s allies in the region that Washington will no longer show North Korea “strategic patience.” Trump is currently on his five-nation Asia tour.

Trump in Japan

Trump in Japan Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

US President Donald Trump stated during a joint press conference Monday in Tokyo alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that his country will no longer demonstrate “strategic patience” when it comes to North Korea.

“Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong, but look what’s happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years,” he stated. “Look where we are now.” Trump also said that the US and Japan are working together to counter the “dangerous aggressions” committed by Pyongyang. “The regime-continued development of its unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear test and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory, are a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability,” Trump added.

Trump and Abe met today with the families of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea. “I will work with Prime Minister Abe. We’ll work together very closely and see if we can bring them back to Japan, where they want to be,” Trump told them, according to a White House press release.

The US president is on his five-nation Asia tour. He landed in Japan yesterday, the first stop on his longest foreign trip to date. Trump will head to South Korea tomorrow and meet with his counterpart in Seoul, Moon Jae-in. China, Vietnam and the Philippines will also host the US president during the trip.