US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged with Japan's new leader to take a firm line on a defiant North Korea but the two sides also tried to calm rising tensions between Tokyo and China.
US President Barack Obama (R) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finish their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House, in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2013. Obama said the US and Japan are committed to 'strong actions' in response to North Korea's 'provocations' as he welcomed Japan's premier.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe carefully avoided disagreements with Obama after previous Japanese governments' rifts and declared: "The alliance between Japan and the United States is back now. It's completely back."
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