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Japan: North Korea threat imminent

Japan’s defense minister reportedly said Monday that the threat from North Korea is both “unprecedented” and “imminent.”

Itsunori Onodera pushed for “different responses” as he spoke with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' Joint Chiefs chairman to meet with Saudi counterpart Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' despite 'Democrat' remark MORE and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, The Associated Press reported. 

Onodera's comments came during discussions in the Philippines.

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“The country has steadfastly improved it nuclear and missiles capability,” Onodera said.

“The threat posed by North Korea has grown to the unprecedented, critical and imminent level,” he added.

The meeting between the officials comes ahead of President Trump’s trip to the region next month.

North Korea in July conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests and said last month that it had successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that could be placed on an ICBM.