September 4, 2017 / 3:39 AM / a year ago

Japan PM Abe says aims to increase missile defence capabilities

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday Japan would do its utmost, in cooperation with the United States, to defend itself against missiles fired by North Korea and to increase its missile defence capabilities.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after having a separate telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Prime Minister's former official residence in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on September 3, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS

Abe spoke at the start of a meeting of ruling coalition lawmakers a day after North Korea conducted its sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test.

Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; Editing by Paul Tait

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