President Donald Trump assailed North Korea as a "problem and menace" Saturday as he met with Asian allies on the sidelines of an international summit to find consensus on next steps after Pyongyang's recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. "Something has to be done about it," Trump said as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the AP reports. In a separate meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said the two were tackling "the problem and menace of North Korea." Abe, speaking through a translator, noted that the security situation in the Asia Pacific region has become "increasingly severe" due to North Korea's push to develop its ballistic missile and nuclear program. Abe said he wanted to "demonstrate the robust partnership as well as the bonds" between Japan and the US on the issue.
North Korea's successful test launch of an ICBM was a major milestone in its long-term effort to build a missile that could carry a nuclear warhead to attack the United States. The extensive slate of meetings with Abe, Xi, British Prime Minister Theresa May and others came on the final day of the annual Group of 20 summit, which has been marked by violent demonstrations by anti-globalization activists. North Korea has been dominant topic of discussion, and the White House said earlier that the US, South Korea, and Japan were pressing for additional measures against North Korea to demonstrate the "serious consequences" for its latest provocations. The three nations have been calling for "early adoption" of a new UN Security Council resolution and additional sanctions to demonstrate to Pyongyang the consequences of its actions. Bringing China on board is a key part of the plan. Click for more on Trump's meetings with Xi and others.