Speaking of the current situation with Japan, President Trump paid attention to detail and stated he demanded Japan prepares more military arsenal as a precaution measure against North Korea. Along with this, he pointed out that being ready to fight against North Korea in case the situation escalates is more crucial than ever before.
According to the New York Post, Trump said Japan should purchase additional American-made military equipment to shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky.”
Speaking in Japan on Monday, Trump suggested Japan should take a more aggressive approach against threats from North Korea.
As Trump stated, the “era of strategic patience” is facing a closure, while the collaboration between the U.S. and Japan must be strong and persistent.
“He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,” Trump said of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, where he spent his time in light of his five-day tour in Asia.
“The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far,” Trump said, as reported by CNN.
Abe also said that Japan needs “to enhance our defense capability,” despite their purchase of weaponry from America.
“Missile defense is something based on cooperation between Japan and the U.S.,” Abe said, noting that “if it is necessary” to shoot down a missile from North Korea, “of course we will do that.”
The weaponry Japan will receive from the U.S. will enable a greater safety for Japan, and more jobs for Americans.
“It’s a lot of jobs for us, and a lot of safety for Japan, and other countries that are likewise purchasing military equipment from us, that frankly a year ago or two years ago were not,” Trump said.
Abe asked for “applying maximum level of pressure on North Korea.”
Aside from this, Trump promised to keep America and its allies safe in light of the potential aggression coming from North Korea.
“We completely agreed that, in order to make North Korea change their policy, Japan and US must take leadership in closely collaborating with the international community so that we can enhance the pressure to the maximum level over North Korea through all possible means,” Abe said. He continued by saying that China needs to step up their game and see that North Korea doesn’t conduct any more missile tests.
North Korea already put missile tests into practice, threatening the sovereignty of China, the U.S. and possibly Japan.
Trump warned that if North Korea continues this fashion, America could possibly retaliate.
“Military action would certainly be an option,” Trump said. “It would be great if something else could be worked out.”
Next on Trump’s schedule is a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is due Wednesday in Beijing. It is expected the two leaders to discuss the ongoing crisis with North Korea and exchange possible solutions for the problem.
We wish our President a fruitful and efficient tour in Asia, as a well as a safe trip home.