May 29, 2017 / 12:21 AM / 2 months ago

PM Abe: Japan will take steps with U.S. to deter North Korea

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks on reports of the launch of a North Korean missile to reporters , at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2017.Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday condemned North Korea's latest missile launch and vowed action along with other nations to deter Pyongyang's repeated provocations.

"As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community," Abe told reporters in brief televised remarks. "Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea."

Abe said Japan will make utmost efforts to protect its people, while staying in close touch with South Korea and other countries.

Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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