Abe swipes at China, Rus­sia over N. Korea

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Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe called on China and Rus­sia to do more to stop North Korea af­ter the iso­lated regime test-fired its sec­ond in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile in a month.

Abe, speak­ing af­ter a phone call with U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, told re­porters on Mon­day that they agreed more ac­tion was needed to mit­i­gate the threat from North Korea.

The com­ments echoed a state­ment over the week­end from Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, who called China and Rus­sia “eco­nomic en­ablers” of the regime.

“We have made con­sis­tent ef­forts to re­solve the North Korean prob­lem in a peace­ful man­ner, but North Korea has ig­nored that en­tirely and es­ca­lated the sit­u­a­tion in a one-sided way,” Abe said in Tokyo.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, start­ing with China and Rus­sia, must take this ob­vi­ous fact se­ri­ously and in­crease pres­sure.”

The com­ments add to a grow­ing rift be­tween the world’s ma­jor pow­ers over how to re­spond to Kim Jong Un’s regime. The U.S. and its al­lies want China and Rus­sia — which ac­count for the bulk of North Korea’s trade — to cut off fi­nan­cial flows to the coun­try, while Bei­jing and Moscow are push­ing for both sides to com­pro­mise.

The U.S. and North Korea, not China, are re­spon­si­ble for the in­creased ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula, so they have re­spon­si­bil­ity to “get things mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” Liu Jieyi, China’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, told re­porters in New York on Mon­day.

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