US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged with Japan to take a firm line on a defiant North Korea but his administration also tried to calm rising tensions between Tokyo's new leader and China.
US President Barack Obama (R) poses with Japan's new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on February 22, 2013. Obama on Friday said the United States and Japan are committed to "strong actions" in response to North Korea's "provocations" as he welcomed Japan's premier to the White House.
Obama promised to work closely with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who came to Washington in hopes of sending a strong signal of unity two months after his conservative Liberal Democratic Party swept back to power.
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