September 3, 2017 / 10:31 PM / a year ago

Trump reaffirms commitment to defend US and allies

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned in a phone call North Korea’s “continued destabilizing and provocative actions,” following that country’s most recent nuclear test, the White House said on Sunday.

Trump also reaffirmed that Washington would defend itself and its allies “using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal,” the White House said.

“The two leaders condemned North Korea’s continued destabilizing and provocative actions, confirmed the two countries’ ironclad mutual defense commitments, and pledged to continue close cooperation,” the statement said.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Peter Cooney

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