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Trump Fails To Rule Out Military Action Against North Korea

Donald Trump has said North Korea is "a threat to the civilised world".

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said North Korea is "a threat to the civilised world"

He added that the US "will not stand" for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies.

The US president, speaking in Tokyo, Japan- a nation threatened by the missiles, did not rule out military action.

He also encouraged Kim Jong Un to cease weapons testing; the North Korean leader recently fired missiles over Japan.

The president also denounced efforts by the Obama administration to manage Pyongyang, declaring again that "the era of strategic patience was over".

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He said:

"Some people say my rhetoric is very strong but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in the last 25 years."

Mr Trump, who was with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at a news conference, said North Korea endangered "international peace and stability".

Mr Abe agreed with Mr Trump's assessment that "all options on the table" when dealing with Kim and announced new sanctions against several dozen North Korea individuals.

The two men also met anguished families of Japanese citizens taken by Pyongyang's agents.

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Mr Trump called their abductions "a tremendous disgrace" and pledged to work to return the missing to their families, saying:

"We've just heard the very sad stories about family members - daughters, wives, brothers uncles, fathers - it's a very, very sad number of stories that we've heard."

He and first lady Melania Trump stood with nearly two dozen relatives, some of whom held photos of the missing.

North Korea has acknowledged apprehending 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s but claims they all died or have been released.

However the Japanese government insists many more were taken - and that some may still be alive.

Mr Trump has delivered harsh denunciations of Kim, belittling him as "Little Rocket Man”.

He suggested that it would be "a tremendous signal" if North Korea returned the captives.