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Trump meets Japan, Australia leaders, discusses trade, N. Korea threat

November 13. 2017 12:01AM
In a combination photo, U.S. President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, are crossing their arms for the traditional “ASEAN handshake” as he participates in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, on Monday. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

MANILA — U.S. President Donald Trump raised North Korea’s missile tests during talks Monday with the prime ministers of Japan and Australia, and said “a lot” of progress had been made in negotiations on trade.

On the sidelines of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila, Trump met Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull, and said discussions at the meeting would include tensions on the Korean Peninsula and trade.

In brief remarks prior to media being ushered out of the meeting, Turnbull said North Korea’s “recklessness” needed to be stopped, while Abe said the most immediate challenge was to ensure regional peace and stability.

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