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U.S., Japan defense ministers reaffirm unity against N.K. threat

All News 04:48 December 02, 2017

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministers of the United States and Japan held phone talks Friday to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch and reaffirmed their unity against the threat, the Pentagon said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera condemned the test launch Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to be capable of striking the entire U.S. mainland.

They were "strongly aligned on security issues with a keen, shared recognition of the danger associated with North Korea's reckless, outlaw behavior, which is contrary to United Nations Security Council Resolutions," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. "Both countries are united in their approach to defending their populations and maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific."

Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the alliance with Japan, including the provision of extended deterrence with the "full range of U.S. capabilities," according to the spokeswoman. The ministers also agreed on the growing need for multilateral security cooperation against North Korea's belligerent actions.


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