Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout:
“Today Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka to discuss developments related to North Korea’s announcement that it plans to conduct a missile launch in mid-April.
“Secretary Panetta and Defense Minister Tanaka reiterated their view that such a missile launch would directly violate North Korea’s international obligations and U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874. 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.”