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Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for NKorea

Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for NKorea

"At some point, with the worldwide, unified message we've never had before, they will realize their isolation", he said of North Korea. "Our approach has been endorsed by the president".

The US continues to consider military options to respond to North Korea's aggressive pursuit of missile capabilities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday, swatting down claims that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon made in a magazine interview that "there's no military solution" to tensions with the rogue nation.

Japan and the United States should work together to strengthen their alliance and ensure coordination at all level over the situation around North Korea, Japan's according to Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who along with Foreign Minister Taro Kono met in Washington with US National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster.

Japan and South Korea are on the front line against the North Korean threat, he said, adding that the United States recognizes any confrontation with North Korea would pose an immediate danger to its allies and their populations.

"Japan intends to expand its role in the Alliance and augment its defence capabilities, with an eye on the next planning period for its mid-term defence program", the statement said. The US and Japan were taking steps in the face of that threat, he added.

The Aegis Ashore system, to be developed by Lockheed Martin, the world's biggest weapons manufacturer, is the land-based version of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) advanced radar units mounted on Aegis warships.

The top U.S. diplomat's message was underscored by Mattis, who also made clear the US' willingness to use force if North Korea steps out of line.

"As you can imagine, we spent a fair amount of time discussing North Korea", Tillerson told reporters in a press conference after the meeting. Both sides have since toned down their rhetoric.

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While saying he did not want to comment specifically on Bannon's interview, Tillerson said the threat from Pyongyang had "to be backed by a strong military effect if North Korea chooses wrongly". Military action, they said, would be the last resort.

"So that is our effort, to cause them to want to engage in talks, but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion than talks of the past", he said.

The Japanese foreign and defense ministers arrived in Washington to take part in a meeting of the Security Consultative Committee in the 2+2 format.

Fan Changlong, a vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, told the visiting US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford this week in Beijing that China believed the only effective way to resolve the North Korean issue was through talks.

China contributes to as much as 90 per cent of the North's economy. He called on Beijing to fully abide by the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang to exert maximum pressure.

Meanwhile, the increasing Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas was also on the agenda. But states such as Vietnam and the Philippines have benefited from Japan's support through training and provision of vessels.

China's increasingly aggressive stance in Asia is another factor in the closer US-Japan relationship.