Trump, Abe agree to increase pressure on North Korea

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters he and President Trump spoke by phone and "fully agreed" the U.S. and Japan need to "take further action" after North Korea's latest missile launch.
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Also this morning we are following new developments out of Washington. Overnight president trump spoke to Japan's prime minister about tensions with North Korea in the wake of that missile launch. President Putin has ordered the U.S. To cut 755 members of their diplomatic staff in Russia. This comes as president trump's new chief of staff, retired general John Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, starts his new role as white house chief of staff this morning and replaces reince Priebus who was forced out last Friday. Much more on that in just a moment but first we want to get to the U.S. Response to north Korea's missile test, its most powerful yet. Where it could reach major U.S. Cities. Martha Raddatz has the very latest on this. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. There's no question this is one of the most serious challenges the trump administration is facing. North Korea is making far greater progress on its missile program than officials ever imagined. Overnight Japanese prime minister shinzo Abe declaring that the U.S. And Japan fully agreed that they needed to take further action following a phone call with president trump. That phone call after the latest military provocation by north Korea. Their second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in the past month, traveling farther than any missile they have ever launched. The north Korean icbm blasted 2300 miles straight into space, but experts fear that north Korea could angle the missile to potentially travel as far as Washington D.C. Or New York. U.S. Bombers conducting a joint exercise with South Korea and Japan in response to that icbm launch flying over the Korean peninsula in a ten-hour mission. The U.S. Also conducting a previously scheduled test of the Thad missile defense system, the Pentagon video showing a test missile being detected and intercepted. People have been warning about the north Korean icbm for 20 years, barking wolf about this while the wolf is at the door. This is a very real threat to the United States. Reporter: Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the united nations tweeting that north Korea's continuing provocations require an international solution. Done talking about North Korea, China is aware they must act. Japan and South Korea must increase pressure. Not only a U.S. Problem. It will require an international solution. President trump also weighing in on Twitter, blaming China, saying they do nothing for us with North Korea and, quote, we will no longer allow this to continue. Amy? A lot of tough talk, a lot of tough tweets from the administration but what about the U.S. Being any closer to using a military operation here? Reporter: You know, Amy, a military option is always on the table and certainly if we were directly threatened we would no doubt take action, but the fear with any preemptive strike is that the response from north Korea could be devastating to our allies in the region. So for now the president is trying increasing diplomatic and economic pressure, but as you know, Amy, many before him have tried hat as well. Martha, thanks very much. The white house facing

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