TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that America stood with close ally Japan against the North Korean “menace” and that Washington would work with Tokyo to sort out problems on trade between the world’s biggest and third-largest economies.

Speaking after a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Trump repeated his mantra the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was over, and that the two countries were working to counter the “dangerous aggressions” of the North Korean regime, which has fired two rockets over Japan.

He said that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” after completing purchases of U.S. military equipment.

Abe, for his part, said Tokyo would do so “if necessary”.

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