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U.S. Admiral Harris: 'The actions of North Korea are unacceptable'

Admiral Harry Harris, right, meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. (Image: CBS News) Admiral Harry Harris, right, meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. (Image: CBS News)
TOKYO, JAPAN (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The top American military officer in the Pacific slammed recent North Korean missile tests as "unacceptable" on Tuesday, denouncing attempts at military escalation as unwarranted during meetings with Japanese leaders. 

During discussions with Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Adm. Harry Harris also stressed the importance of America's relationship with Japan as the two countries deal with the growing North Korean threat. 

"The actions of North Korea are unacceptable to the world, really," Harris said. "It underscores not only the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance, but also the U.S., Japan and South Korea trilateral co-operation."

Tuesday's meetings – including one later in the day with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – occurred just days after North Korea launched a missile that appears to have been significantly more advanced than those used in previous missile tests.

North Korea's state media outlet reported that the launch, which happened on Sunday, featured a type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

Defense analysts say the missile, if proven capable in further tests, could reach Hawaii if it was fired on a normal trajectory, according to CBS News.

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