TOKYO (Sputnik) — During the meeting, Dunford highlighted the solidity of the US-Japan military alliance, while Abe expressed his gratitude toward US President Donald Trump for his commitment to defend US allies.
"As for the situation in North Korea, both sides have come to a mutual agreement to expand partnership between Japan and the United States, increase pressure [on North Korea] in cooperation with the international community, while stressing the importance of strict observance of the UN Security Council resolutions and agreeing to take concrete measures to extend the defense capabilities of Japan and the United States," the statement said.
Prior to coming to Japan, Dunford also visited South Korea and China, where he also discussed the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula with the countries' high-rank officials.
In June, China initiated a road map for the settlement of North Korean crisis, a so-called double freeze plan, which outlines a scenario where there is simultaneous cessation of North Korea's nuclear activity and US-South Korean military exercises. The initiative has been supported by Russia but rejected by the United States. North Korea has yet to issue a response to the proposal.