US, Japan vow 'strong action' on N. Korea: Obama
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States (US) and Japan are committed to "strong actions" in response to North Korea after the communist state defiantly carried out a nuclear test.
Meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Obama said the two leaders spoke about "our concerns about the provocative actions that have been taken by North Korea and our determination to take strong actions in response".
Mr Abe, who is known for his hard line on North Korea, said that he agreed with Mr Obama on the need to press for a new United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution condemning Pyongyang.
"We just cannot tolerate the actions of North Korea such as launching missiles and conducting a nuclear test," said Mr Abe, sitting next to Mr Obama in the White House's Oval Office.