Abe and Trump: We Need to Prevent North Korean Missile Launches

Abe and Trump: We Need to Prevent North Korean Missile Launches

British Prime Minister Theresa May will make a three-day visit to Japan from August 30 to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese government's top spokesman said Tuesday.

Japan has deployed missile interceptor batteries along the path that North Korean ballistic missiles would fly if the country goes ahead with its threat to fire the missiles toward Guam, which hosts key US military facilities.

Abe said he and Trump "agreed in our recognition that preventing North Korea from launching its missiles is the most important thing". "We'll maintain a high level of vigilance and our missile defence system under the strong Japan-US alliance", Abe said after his telephonic conversation with Trump.

Tensions have been rising between Washington and Pyongyang since North Korea test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

Abe also said he appreciated Trump's commitment to the safety of US allies.

The Japanese news agency said Abe "seeks to hold a trilateral summit" with South Korea and China later this year in Tokyo. But they agreed to further improve military readiness and ability, one of the officials told reporters. Abe has only visited the shrine in person once since taking office in 2012.

The leaders also hailed the adoption of the latest U.N. Security Council resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea as a highly important step forward, and affirmed the importance of implementing it stringently, according to the officials.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will this week hold a "two-plus-two" meeting in Washington with their United States counterparts where security issues will likely top the agenda.



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