Abe in his telephone talks with Obama said DPRK’s rocket launch on Sunday poses a “direct and serious threat” to Tokyo and Washington, and the two leaders agreed to coordinate with South Korea over the issue, according to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko.
For his part, Obama said the United States remains committed to the defense of its allies, local media quoted the senior Japanese official as saying.
The DPRK on Sunday launched a long-range rocket, saying it carried an earth observation satellite, but Japan and the U.S., among other nations, believe the launch was a test of a long-range ballistic missile.
It is the first time since December 2012 that the DPRK has conducted such a test. The DPRK is banned from test-firing any rockets based on a ballistic missile technology under UN Security Council resolutions.
The DPRK also tested its first hydrogen nuclear bomb last month which was also a violation against related UN resolution and was criticized by the international community. Enditem