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U.S., Japan defence chiefs confer on North Korea missile launches
March 7, 2017 / 1:11 AM / 9 months ago

U.S., Japan defence chiefs confer on North Korea missile launches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada conferred on North Korea’s missile launches in a telephone call on Monday, the Pentagon said, adding both leaders agreed the launches were “unacceptable and irresponsible.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

“Secretary Mattis reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to Japan including its extended deterrence commitment,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.

North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast on Monday, angering South Korea and Japan, days after it promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as preparation for war.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler

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