Panetta Huddles With Japanese Minister Amid North Korean Concerns

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta held a telephone meeting with Japan’s Defense Minister Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka Tuesday amid concerns that a defiant North Korea will continue with an alleged long range missile test later this month.

“Secretary Panetta and Defense Minister Tanaka reiterated their view that such a missile launch would directly violate North Korea’s international obligations,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement. “They also affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in defense of Japan and in contributing to regional peace and security.”

“Both leaders agreed to continue close contact leading up to and following a potential missile launch,” Little added.

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Justin Duckham is a Senior Washington Correspondent with the Talk Radio News Service. Justin is a proud alumnus of UC Merced, where he studied History, Philosophy and American Studies. Prior to making the jump to politics in 2008, Justin was a music journalist in California. Follow Justin on Twitter @Jduckham

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