Japan, US vow closer defence cooperation with ‘military action’ on table if North Korea strikes


August 18, 2017 4:17 AM

North Korea will face “strong military consequences” if it were to launch a military strike at the United States or its allies, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in Washington on Thursday in a joint news conference alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and their visiting Japanese counterparts, whom also pledged to step up their defence cooperation against the North Korean threat.