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WASHINGTON, February 12. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that his country will always back Tokyo, which is a great ally.
The two leaders held an impromptu news conference in the luxury Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida hours after North Korea launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan.
"I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%," Trump said.
Trump made no other statements and refused to answer media questions about the launch.
The Japanese prime minister, in his turn, described the launch as "absolutely intolerable" and urged Japan to comply with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
"During the summit meeting that I had with President Trump, he assured me that the US was always with Japan 100% and to demonstrate his determination and his commitment he is now with me at this joint statement," Abe said.
An unidentified missile was launched around 1:55 Moscow time, from Banghyeon in North Korea’s Pyongan Province. According to latest estimates it flew about 350-500 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan.
According to South Korean military, it was either a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile that can strike targets at the distance of 2,500-4,000 kilometers or a shorter-range Rodong missile.
North Korea’s media and officials have made no statements regarding the launch.