Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump discuss North Korea

Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump discuss North Korea

Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump discuss North Korea

It comes as the Prime Minister declared he is "absolutely" confident that U.S. President Donald Trump can handle the North Korean nuclear crisis.

In a news conference following the call, Turnbull said he and Trump had a "very warm" and "very constructive" discussion about North Korea, the Islamic State in the Philippines and Hurricane Harvey.

Malcolm Turnbull had a 30-minute phone call with US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, with North Korea dominating the conversation.

The White House said that in a phone call with South Korean's president on Monday, Trump gave approval "in principle" to lifting previous restrictions on South Korean missile payloads and to approving "many billions" in weapons sales to South Korea.

They welcomed China's support for United Nations sanctions and its efforts to increase pressure on North Korea, but agreed China still holds substantial economic influence which should be used to bring the regime to its senses and restore stability on the Korean peninsula.

The White House said Trump and Turnbull "confirmed that their two countries will intensify joint efforts to denuclearize North Korea".

"President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to defending the homeland, territories, and allies of the United States, using all available diplomatic and military capabilities".

Trump commented Wednesday after speaking by telephone earlier in the day with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

China has once again urged the USA and South Korea to halt the deployment of a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea.

The resolution by Japan's parliamentary committee condemns the nuclear test, and urges the Japanese government to take leadership in pushing for tougher punishment against Pyongyang, as measures are being discussed at the United Nations Security Council.

The advice says further provocations by Pyongyang or reactions by other countries cannot be ruled out, and tensions could escalate with little warning.

South Korea says the US military will begin adding more launchers to a contentious high-tech USA missile defense system in South Korea on Thursday to better cope with North Korean threats.

The placing of additional THAAD launchers will likely trigger an angry response from area residents and activists who have opposed the system.

But Nebenzia said Russian Federation would welcome other initiatives, noting that the Swiss have offered to mediate, and "if that works, I'll be happy". China does not control North Korea.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has dismissed the Russian-Chinese roadmap, saying the United States is "done talking about North Korea".

The country is now said to be preparing for another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

Tuesday's scheduled call, 5.45pm in Washington DC, (7.45am AEST Wednesday) is expected to focus on North Korea, not the controversial US-Australian asylum-seeker deal that has outraged Mr Trump.

Another potential land mine for Tuesday's call is it will be their first conversation since video was leaked of Mr Turnbull poking fun of Mr Trump at Parliament House's Mid-Winter Ball in June.

May also said she would also work with European Union leaders on further measures the European Union could take to pressure the North Korean leadership, the spokesman said.

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