TOKYO, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held telephone talks Thursday with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss countermeasures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which conducted a nuclear test Tuesday, local media reported.
During the phone call, the two allies agreed to take resolute stance against the DPRK and cooperate in the United Nations to seek a new UN resolution on the country, according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency.
Both sides also agreed that Japan, the United States and South Korea should closely work on the issue, Kyodo said, citing a Japanese official.
Abe told Obama that the DPRK's nuclear test sabotaged international peace and proposed that Japan and the United States should impose their own sanctions on the DPRK.
For his part, Obama said the United States commits to defending Japan, according to Kyodo.
On Wednesday, Japan and South Korea agreed to seek tougher sanctions against the DPRK in the UN Security Council.
Also during telephone talks, Abe and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed that the Security Council should impose tougher sanctions on the DPRK, adding the two countries will work closely on approving such UN resolution.
The DPRK, despite strong opposition from the international community, conducted its third nuclear test Tuesday, drawing condemnations from a number of countries.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday reaffirmed his country's commitments to Japan's security, including defending Japan with U.S. nuclear umbrella.
Obama called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by phone over a fresh nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and they discussed steps to respond to this "highly provocative violation" of DPRK's international obligations, the White House said in a statement. Full story
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed in his State of the Union address to take "firm action" in response to the fresh nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
"Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats," he told the Congress. Full story
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a "threat" to U.S. interests in Northeast Asia, U. S. allies in the region and to the U.S. homeland.
Panetta made the comment during a press briefing at the Pentagon, condemning the "apparent" nuclear test the DPRK conducted this week. He said U.S. experts still are collecting data to determine whether it was a nuclear test or not. Full story