U.S. President Barack Obama discussed North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons threat with Japan’s Prime Minister Tarso Aso in a telephone talk Friday.
In the 15-minute conversation, Obama agreed to visit Tokyo in the second half of the year, the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement.
The two leaders agreed to work together for a resumption of the stalled six-way talks aimed at denuclearizing Pyongyang.
President Obama said he highly praised the close cooperation between the United States and Japan over the missile launch issue by North Korea and he would like to continue the close cooperation, according to the statement.
Last week, the North Korea announced it was quitting the six-party talks and would restart nuclear facilities in protest to the U.N. Security Council's condemnation.
During the telephone conversation, Japan's prime minster Aso expressed his support for Obama's recent call for global nuclear disarmament, the statement said.