Trump tells Abe US to enhance defense capabilities against N Korea

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Trump tells Abe US to enhance defense capabilities against N Korea

WASHINGTON: (APP) US President Donald Trump told Japanese leader Shinzo Abe on Wednesday that Washington will continue to build its military capabilities to defend against a North Korean attack, the White House said.

The pair spoke by phone a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.

Trump "made clear that the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to deter and defend itself and its allies with the full range of its military capabilities," the White House said in a statement about the call.

"The President emphasized that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose."