Japan PM Abe says agreed with Trump to increase pressure on North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on August 29, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that he agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump in telephone talks to increase pressure on North Korea after the country’s latest missile launch.

Trump also said that the United States was “100 percent with Japan” and he showed a strong commitment to Tokyo’s defense, Abe told reporters.

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher