"Trump says Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles with purchase of more U.S. military equipment"

 以下、The Washington Times(Monday, November 6, 2017)より。

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times -

President Trump said Monday the U.S. and Japan “will not stand” for North Korea’s threatening missile tests, and predicted that Japan will shoot down Pyongyang’s missiles with help of American military hardware.

“The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs, including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly overly Japanese territory,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “We will not stand for that.”

When a reporter asked Mr. Abe about Mr. Trump’s earlier comment that the “samurai” nation should have shot down North Korean missiles, the president jumped in with a prediction.

“He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,” the president said of Mr. Abe. “The prime minister is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment, as he should. And we make the best military equipment by far.”

The president’s comments came on the second day of his 12-day trip to Asia, which will include stops in South Korea and China as he seeks more international cooperation to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. He promised Mr. Abe that the U.S. will confront “the North Korean menace.”

“The era of strategic patience is over,” Mr. Trump said. “Some people say my rhetoric is very strong, but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in the last 25 years.”