In a joint press conference the Japanese prime minister called the missile launch “intolerable”.
The missile was fired into the East Sea – which separates the hermit kingdom from Japan – in an apparent test of dictatorship’s military equipment.
Speaking in Florida, Mr Abe said: “North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable.
“North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN security counsel resolutions.
President Trump followed on from the Japanese leader to show his support
“During the summit meeting that I had with President Trump he assured me that the US was always with Japan 100 per cent and to demonstrate his determination and his commitment he is now with me at this joint statement.”
President Trump added he fully supports the Japanese people.
He added: “I just want everybody to understand that the USA stands behind Japan its great ally 100 per cent.”
Officials said the missile was launched around 10.55pm GMT (7.55am local time), from Banghyeon in the North Pyongan Province.
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The missile flew about 500km according to the South Korean military, with officials describing it as North Korea's "show of force" against the Trump administration's tough stance against Kim Jong-un’s regime.
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South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said: "The flight distance was about 500 kilometres, and South Korea and the United States are conducting a close-up analysis on additional information."
The South Korean foreign ministry said the North's "repeated provocations" showed the Kim regime's "nature of irrationality, maniacally obsessed in its nuclear and missile development".
An anonymous US Pentagon official said: “We can confirm that we did detect a missile launch from North Korea.
fficials said the missile was launched around 10.55pm GMT
“We are assessing and will have more information soon."
The US military reportedly tracked the missile and determined it to be of "medium or intermediate" range.
One official said the missile test meant Trump had to do more to pressure China, Kim's biggest ally, into reigning in North Korean aggression.
The alarming act of military aggression comes little more than a week after Donald Trump’s defence secretary warned North Korea it would face an “effective and overwhelming response” if it chose to use nuclear weapons.
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General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis reassured South Korea the US would continue its support amid increasing fears over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
He said: “Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.
“North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons programme and engage in threatening rhetoric and behaviour.”
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