Gist of joint statement after Japan-US 'two-plus-two' security talks

Then there were backyard bomb shelters, which briefly became the rage during the missile crisis of 1962, when it was learned the Soviets had slipped nuclear-tipped missiles into Cuba and pointed them at the United States.

Animosity between the two countries spiked this month after North Korea warned it might fire missiles toward the USA territory of Guam in response to warlike rhetoric from Donald Trump.

The four leaders addressed the conference after their two plus two meeting at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, during which the threat posed by North Korea consumed much of their time.

- North Korea has a broad spectrum of missiles in its arsenal, with ranges from 150 km (93 miles) to 8,000 km (5,000 miles).

They add to the first layer of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) units, which are mounted on Aegis warships patrolling waters around Japan round the clock and can intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth's atmosphere up to an altitude of 500km.

The move came in response to North Korea's latest missile launches in July, which were described by both Pyongyang and the United States and South Korea as intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests.

Noting that the worldwide community recognises North Korea as a threat to Asia and to the world, Mattis said Japan and South Korea are on the front line against the North Korean threat.

In his American Prospect interview, Bannon suggested the real conflict - an economic one - is with China.

- Pyongyang's conventional forces rely on obsolete equipment.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said it would look into the causes of the technical failures and decide whether to conduct the exercise again.

The top US general on Thursday warned that allowing North Korea to launch a nuclear attack on the United States would be "unimaginable". A SEAD campaign uses air strikes, artillery, missiles, or all the options, to destroy an enemy's anti-aircraft defenses.

But if Japan cooperates with countries surrounding North Korea and puts more pressure on the nation, "we could still lower the probability of something like a missile or a destructive situation from developing", Aoki said.

The US was "prepared militarily" to respond, he said.

"I'm reasonably confident in the ability of our intelligence community to monitor the testing, but not the deployment, of these missile systems".

SEOUL - Jeong Kyeong-doo, the nominee for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) chairman, said Friday that if appointed, he would strive to build a strong military "feared by enemies and trusted by citizens".

Tillerson said the United States is kean to initiate a meaningful dialogue with Pyongyang, and made clear his belief that diplomacy must be backed up with military options.

The two countries' foreign and defense ministers called on the global community to "comprehensively and thoroughly implement" U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea so as to compel it to change course, they said in a joint statement issued after a meeting in Washington.

  • Leroy Wright