Abe and Modi talk teamwork on open Indo-Pacific

North Korea drills and US aircraft carriers

Abe said he would work closely with other countries in the region including China and Russian Federation to persuade North Korea to halt missile development and give up its nuclear weapon ambitions. "It's nearly a sentimental attachment for many years", Duterte told Abe.

He also thanked the Japanese government for making it possible for him to have an audience with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during his official visit in Japan last month.

He expressed gratitude for Japan's assistance for Marawi rehabilitation and planes they gave to the Philippine military.

"One of the things that I would maybe remember for all time", he said of the rare opportunity to meet the imperial couple.

Abe, whose country is separated from North Korea only by the Sea of Japan, called the North Korea's nuclear and missile threat a "grave and imminent threat that we have never experienced".

While its shows of power have been met with heavy economic sanctions from the United Nations, it remains defiant and has on several occasions threatened to fire missiles over the USA territory of Guam. "It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only on Japan but all over the world", the President said.

Turnbull said the three countries share "the same values and the same focus in ensuring that the North Korean regime comes to its senses and stops its reckless provocation of threats of conflict in our region". "And he should realize that he'd be responsible for ending life in this planet if his mind goes out of control", Duterte said.

After the meeting, the Japanese and Australian prime ministers had their bilateral talks for 30 minutes, agreeing to work closely to deal with issues including China's expansion in the South and East China Seas. He also proposed that Japan and China cooperate in doing business in third countries.

Speaking at the ASEAN-Japan Summit, Abe reiterated his call for the worldwide community to increase pressure on the hermit state- a move Japan hopes will make it seek dialogue and lay down arms.

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