Japan sees itself as particularly vulnerable to North Korean missile launches, some of which have landed uncomfortably close to its northwestern coast.
Any launch of objects using ballistic missile technology is a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
While Trump and his top policymakers continue their tough talk on the North Korean issue, it's unclear such rhetoric would be enough to effectively influence North Korea and China, Pyongyang's only major ally.
North Korea has been accused of violating the UN Security Council resolutions and of creating a "grave threat to global peace and security in the region and beyond".
Trump said in a recent tweet. "But they agreed that is not sufficient", said a Japanese official while briefing about Trump's conversation with Abe.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a terse statement following Tuesday's test, saying, "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile".
Based on initial analysis between South Korea and the USA militaries, the missile is believed to be a KN-15 medium range ballistic missile - otherwise known as Pukguksong-2 that the North launched for the first time in February, the JCS added.
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Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them past year. Those missiles traveled to their maximum range of 620 miles with some falling in the waters belonging to Japan's exclusive economic zone. In the past year, Kim Jong-un has ignored multiple United Nations sanctions as he tests ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
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Japan, together with the USA and South Korea, tightened sanctions in December 2016, following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. "The launch of a single ballistic missile occurred at a land-based facility near Sinpo ..." Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, questioned why North Korea would do a shorter launch of the KN-15.
Tillerson in a visit to China last month declared an end to the Obama administration's "strategic patience" policy to wait out Pyongyang until it caves and decides to denuclearize, but the Trump administration has yet to reveal any meaningfully different approach.
It said on Thursday the new punitive measures were in response to actions that posed "a grave threat to worldwide peace and security in the region and beyond".
Trump also reiterated his stance that all options are on the table as regards Pyongyang.
"U.S. Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security", the military command in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region said.
"They already have the capability to deploy an intercontinental ballistic missile".
We are the same people so we should support both sides.
North Korea is expected to feature prominently when Trump meets with Xi on Thursday and Friday.