- Posted 17 Feb 2017 02:27
- Updated 17 Feb 2017 02:30
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L), US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (R) shake hands before a meeting at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
“The United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, including the commitment to provide extended deterrence, backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defence capabilities,” Tillerson said in a joint statement after meeting the foreign ministers in Bonn.
North Korea has carried out repeated missile launches despite UN sanctions and last year conducted two nuclear tests in a bid to develop a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.
Pyongyang said the latest missile tested on Sunday could carry a nuclear warhead.