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 MattisTrump eyes replacing Esper after election: reports Overnight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report 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.