Obama speaks to Japan's Abe about North Korea's nuke test

February 14, 2013 04:34

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama spoke to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday about North Korea's nuclear test and reaffirmed US commitments to Japan's security, the White House said in a statement.

"They pledged to work closely together to seek significant action at the United Nations Security Council and to cooperate on measures aimed at impeding North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs," the White House said in a statement.

"President Obama reaffirmed that the United States remains steadfast in its defense commitments to Japan, including the extended deterrence offered by the US nuclear umbrella."

Obama told Abe he looked forward to in-depth discussions with him during his visit to Washington later this month, the White House said.

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