Japan vows ‘specific action’ with US to deter N. Korea

Japan vows ‘specific action’ with US to deter N. Korea
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is vowing “specific action” with the U.S. to deter North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s latest missile test.

"As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community," Abe told reporters on Monday, according to Reuters. "Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea."

The news service added that Japan protested the test.

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U.S. Pacific Command said it detected the launch of a short-range ballistic missile from a site near Wonsan Airfield on Sunday. It tracked the missile for approximately six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

“We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment. We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely,” U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement, adding that it "stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

A National Security Council spokesman said President Trump was briefed on the latest North Korean test.

Pyongyang said last week that it was ready to deploy a new medium-range missile as part of an "answer" to Trump's policies. The North also fired a missile hours before Trump delivered a major speech in Saudi Arabia earlier this month. 

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