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Tillerson meets Asian allies, condemns NKorea missile test

  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, talk before a meeting at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Foreign ministers from 20 of the world’s leading nations met Thursday in the former German capital to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries about the direction of U.S. foreign policy. (AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, talk before a meeting at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Foreign ministers from 20 of the world’s leading nations met Thursday in the former German capital to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries about the direction of U.S. foreign policy. (AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi talk before an opening session meeting of the G20 foreign ministers at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Foreign ministers from 20 of the world’s leading nations met Thursday in the former German capital to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries about the direction of U.S. foreign policy. (AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi talk before an opening session meeting of the G20 foreign ministers at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Foreign ministers from 20 of the world’s leading nations met Thursday in the former German capital to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries about the direction of U.S. foreign policy. (AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The United States, South Korea and Japan are condemning North Korea's latest missile test and say they'll enhance security cooperation in response.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Germany on his first overseas trip as the top American diplomat — and has met with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. They're attending a meeting of foreign ministers.

A joint statement says the U.S. "remains steadfast" in its defense commitments to the two Asian allies, "backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defense capabilities."

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a mobile launcher last Sunday. It was an advancement in its capabilities as the North develops nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.