News / USA

Obama, Japanese PM Discuss North Korea, Maritime Tensions

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House, Feb. 22, 2013.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House, Feb. 22, 2013.
Kent Klein
— President Barack Obama and Japan’s new prime minister pledged to work together for a stronger world economy and a strong response to North Korea’s nuclear activities.

After their meeting in the Oval Office, President Obama said he and Prime Minister Abe agreed that they would mount a robust response to the recent North Korean nuclear test.

“We had close consultations on a wide range of security issues, in particular, our concerns about the provocative actions that have been taken in North Korea and our determination to take strong actions in response," Obama said.

The prime minister said the international community cannot tolerate actions such as North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches.  

Abe said he and the president agreed that Pyongyang’s actions must not be rewarded, and that the two countries would pursue further United Nations economic sanctions against North Korea.

He said the president also expressed his support for Japan on North Korea’s alleged abductions of Japanese citizens.

The prime minister said the two leaders agreed that the existence of the U.S.-Japan alliance is a stabilizing factor in the region, and will be helpful in settling Japan’s dispute with China over the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea.

Obama said he and the prime minister spent much of their meeting discussing ways to boost economic growth, which he called their number-one priority.

“…and steps that we can take in our respective countries to encourage the kind of trade, expanded commerce and robust growth that will lead to greater opportunity for both the United States and Japan," said Obama.

This was the president’s first meeting with Abe since the prime minister returned to office in December.  He previously served as prime minister for one year, resigning in 2007 for health reasons.

Abe is Japan’s fifth prime minister since Obama took office in 2009.

You May Like

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Fran from: Canada
February 23, 2013 11:01 PM
It is wise of Obama not to get involved in the China/Japan dispute. He will no doubt run the risk of damaging his own creditability in the world’s political stage if USA decided to take side


by: GJ Focker from: Australia
February 22, 2013 6:26 PM
The perfect solution to the North Korean problem would be to nuke the miserable little dump into a pot of radioactive waste. The inhabitants are so brainwashed that they would all be better off dead and we could all stop making jokes about Kim Jong-Un and his fool ancestors. Thant's my two cents.


by: Paul Kim from: New Jersey
February 22, 2013 5:11 PM
Japan should forget about islands which clearly belong to China & Korea. U.S. made big mistakes for ensuring Japan's giving up occupied islands by Imperialists. Japan took that opportunity and disputes now. U.S. should see justice first. Not the curretn strategic interest. That's is more beneficial for U.S. in the long term.


by: lãokhờ from: cờhoa
February 22, 2013 5:02 PM
Communist of China were stiring and annoying all nations in the
region in the South Sea to attract China's People who will forget
their own so bad and hard situations in their homeland in order to
protect their communist party and their dictatorial gov.That's it.


by: Eric from: CH
February 22, 2013 7:19 AM
Because of the differances of values between the different countries,the US and the Japan would keep the same steps against China ! Meanwhile the regime of China is the CPC who cntroies the resources itself, it can not encourege the activities of the nations! there are a lot of issues of society to relsove,in a word, situations of China now is the most difficult times(welcome to point out the errors,I cant express my all ideas in English)

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
X
Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

AppleAndroid