Biden expresses his 'firm commitment' to defend Japan

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, held a conversation this Tuesday with the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, to transfer Washington’s “firm commitment” to the defense of Tokyo after a ballistic missile launched by North Korea has flown over Japanese territory.

Leaders Jointly Condemned North Korea’s Missile Test in the strongest terms, recognizing the launch as a danger to the Japanese people, destabilizing the region, and a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions,” the White House said in a statement.

In this regard, the US president and the Japanese prime minister reiterated that will continue to coordinate both an immediate and long-term response bilaterallyas well as with South Korea and the international community.

“The leaders discussed the importance of the immediate return and resolution of the cases of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea and resolved to continue all efforts to limit Pyongyang’s ability to support their illegal ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs,” the White House said.

Given these latest actions by North Korea, the United States will promote an emergency meeting at the United Nations Security Council for this Wednesday, according to diplomatic sources, as reported by the chain DPA.

This is the first time in five years that North Korea launch a ballistic missile over Japanese territorywhose Government issued a notice to the population of the prefectures of Hokkaido and Aomori, in the north of the country, urging residents in the affected regions to immediately cover themselves to be safe.

The South Korean and American troops, immersed in a series of joint military exercises in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula, have carried out this Tuesday precision bombing maneuvers after the latest launch by Pyongyang. (Europe Press)

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