Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe discuss expanded missile defence system for Japan: White House

Trump (left) and Abe shaking hands before a summit meeting in Tokyo in November 2017. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday (Feb 2) discussed an expanded missile defence system and other efforts to boost Japan's defences, the White House said in a statement amid ongoing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme.

In a telephone call, Trump and Abe also "agreed on the need to intensify the international maximum pressure campaign to denuclearise North Korea," the White House said.

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