Japan's Defence Minister Tomomi Inada speaks at the 16th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Reuters: Japan defense minister backs all U.S. options on North Korea, seeks deeper alliance
Japan's defense minister on Saturday backed the United States using any option to deal with North Korea, including military strikes, and said Tokyo wanted to build a deeper alliance with Washington that could play a regional security role.
"The United States is making clear through both words and deeds that all options are on the table. I strongly support the U.S. position," Japanese Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada said during a speech at a regional security conference in Singapore.
Pyongyang's accelerating nuclear and missile programs are stoking fear in nearby Japan and prompting a harder line on North Korea from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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