Trump says US is with Japan 100% after North Korea's missile launches: Abe

US President Donald Trump (right) gives the thumbs up next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Feb 11, 2017.
US President Donald Trump (right) gives the thumbs up next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Feb 11, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States was with Japan “100 per cent” during phone talks they held to discuss North Korea’s latest missile launches, Abe told reporters on Tuesday (March 7).

The two leaders agreed that North Korea’s latest actions were a clear breach of United Nations’ security resolution and a challenge against regional and international security, Abe added.

“President Trump told me that the United States was with Japan 100 per cent, and that he wanted his comments to be communicated to the Japanese people,” Abe said at his residence. “He said he wanted us to trust him as well as the United States 100 per cent.”

Trump also discussed plans to respond to North Korea’s missile launches with South Korea’s acting president Hwang Kyo Ahn, an official at Hwang’s office said.

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s north-west coast on Monday, angering South Korea and Japan, days after it promised retaliation over US.-South Korea military drills it sees as preparation for war. 

 

Meantime, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada also conferred on North Korea’s missile launches in a phone call on Monday, the Pentagon said. 

Both agreed the launches were “unacceptable and irresponsible".

 “Secretary Mattis reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to Japan including its extended deterrence commitment,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.