Trump speaks with Japanese leader after North Korea's missile launch

Trump speaks with Japanese leader after North Korea's missile launch
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday to discuss North Korea’s most recent missile launch.

"The President emphasized that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose," the White House said in a readout of the president’s phone call. "The President also made clear that the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to deter and defend itself and its allies with the full range of its military capabilities.”

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The two leaders also “agreed to stay in close communication to enhance cooperation on North Korea.”

Trump met with Abe last month at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., during which North Korea also conducted a missile test.

North Korea’s most recent launch comes just days before the president plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. 

With mounting fears about North Korea’s growing nuclear program, the White House plans to pressure Xi to take a tougher approach with China's increasingly aggressive Korean ally.