Kerry, Japan FM confirm close coop over N. Korea's missile move

TOKYO, Jan 29 (KUNA) — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday confirmed close cooperation between their countries in responding firmly against North Korea over its alleged preparations for the launch of a ballistic missile.
During an about 30-minute telephone conversation, Kishida and Kerry also discussed a possible UN Security Council resolution in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test on January 6th, Kishida told reporters after the talks.
“We cannot deny the possibility that North Korea will take further provocative action. The government will continue to cooperate with the US and other countries concerned, and take all possible measures to ensure the safety of our people,” Kishida told reporters.
Their talks came after a report on apparent signs of preparation for a long-range ballistic missile in about a week at the earliest. The North last fired long-range ballistic missile in December 2012, calling it a satellite.
According to the minister, Kerry also briefed Kishida on his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday, in which they discussed further actions on North Korea over its nuclear test earlier this month. (end) mk.gta