North Korea is a common threat to both the US and Japan, said US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford in Tokyo, underlining earlier promises of tighter defence coordination.
North Korea has said it was considering plans to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, although North Korean media on Tuesday said leader Kim Jong Un had delayed the decision while waiting for the next U.S. move.
The United States has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the security of its ally, Japan, amid regional tensions over North Korea nuclear issue.
The top top officers vowed to continue working closely together to deter and respond to any further missile provocations.
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We need to come back and be Americans, and Americans are a society of diverse people". The governor also made clear he has no love for the white supremacist movement.
Hagerty succeeds Caroline Kennedy, an attorney and daughter of the late U.S. President John F Kennedy, who held the position from 2013 until Trump took office in January. He said an attack on any of the two countries will be considered as an attack on both.
Hagerty arrived in Japan on Thursday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the visiting top uniformed officer of the US military on Friday that his country hopes to strengthen its alliance with the United States amid growing threats from North Korea.
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