"At the three-nation summit, the leaders will hold in-depth discussions on ways to strengthen the three countries' close cooperation in dealing with the North Korean nuclear and missile issues, and enhance their cooperation with the worldwide community", an official said earlier. That missile traveled some 3,700 km, stoking concern in Tokyo and putting the USA territory of Guam, home to key American military bases, easily within the North's crosshairs.
Diplomacy and dialogue would not work with North Korea and concerted pressure by the entire global community was essential to tackle the threats [it] posed, he said.
Meanwhile, the USA and South Korea have agreed to increase pressure on North Korea after its latest missile test, the White House said on Sunday.
"Those missiles are not directly threatening any of us", Mattis said Monday when asked why the military didn't shoot them down.
Trump has also threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats. "The bottom line is that, when the missiles-were they to be a threat, whether it be to United States territory, Guam, obviously Japan-Japan's territory, that would elicit a different response from us", he said.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 15 September that they should both refrain from overreacting to North Korean provocations to avoid any accidental conflict.
That same day the US and South Korea flew eight fighter jets and two bombers over the Korean peninsula as a show of force, according to a South Korean defense ministry statement.
Both China and Russian Federation have repeatedly called for a peaceful solution and talks to resolve the issue.
"The so-called "China's responsibility theory" is essentially moral kidnapping", the People's Daily said in a commentary.
In their phone conversation held Sunday, Moon and Trump stressed the need to thoroughly implement U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been imposed on North Korea, including the latest sanctions resolution adopted early last week to punish the communist state for its latest nuclear test. The report did not directly link the drills to current tensions over North Korea.
The latest missile test showed that sanctions do not prove to be effective and worldwide attempts to freeze Kim Jong-un's missile program remain fruitless.