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US general pledges to defend Japan from North Korean missile attack

Made clear to N Korea & anyone else in region that an attack on one is an attack on both of us: US

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President Donald Trump extends his hand to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

America's top military official reiterated today his country's pledge to defend against a North Korean missile attack, as western carried out a test of an emergency alert system.

"I think we made it clear to North Korea and anyone else in the region that an attack on one is an attack on both of us," Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Tokyo.

North Korea has threatened to test-fire missiles that would fly over and land in waters off the US territory of Guam. The US is treaty-bound to defend Japan from outside attacks.

Dunford and his Japanese counterpart Katsutoshi Kawano agreed to work together to strengthen missile defense systems.

The US general is the last stop of an tour that took him to and and has been dominated by talk of the North Korean threat.

Sirens wailed across nine prefectures in western Japan in the test of the emergency system. Twitter users in the region said the sirens didn't work in some areas.

The flight path of the North Korean missile test would cross that part of the country.

First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 14:07 IST