Obama Meets With Asian Counterparts on North Korea Threat

President Obama on Tuesday met with two key Asian allies to discuss North Korea on the sidelines of a major nuclear conference in the Netherlands.

Obama, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- talking while in The Hague for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit -- agreed on the importance of working together to respond to the North Korea threat, Reuters reported.

Obama said the three leaders reviewed "specific steps to deepen trilateral cooperation," including "military cooperation that includes joint exercises and missile defense."

Washington has been pressing Seoul and Tokyo to improve their bilateral ties, which took a sharp downturn in the last year over South Korea's anger with statements by some Abe government officials who downplayed Japan's World War II actions.

March 26, 2014
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President Obama on Tuesday met with two key Asian allies to discuss North Korea on the sidelines of a major nuclear conference in the Netherlands.