Abe, Trump aim to prevent NKorean missile launch

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to journalist after a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. North Korea’s military had said last week it would finalize and send to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un for approval the plan to fire four ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang. (Toshiyuki Matsumoto/Kyodo News via AP)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local):
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that he and President Donald Trump have agreed that preventing North Korea from launching missiles toward Guam is of utmost importance.

Abe spoke to reporters Tuesday after a phone conversation with the American president.

Their talk followed a North Korean media dispatch saying that leader Kim Jong Un had reviewed a plan to launch missiles into waters off Guam as a demonstration of its strength.

North Korea has said the flight path for such a launch would go over western Japan.

Abe said he and Trump “agreed in our recognition that preventing North Korea from launching its missiles is the most important thing.”



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