By , Sarah Westwood
Published April 14, 2017
President Trump discussed his recent missile strike against Syria with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who expressed his support for the move, the White House announced on Sunday.
The two leaders also dicussed "threat posed by North Korea," just hours after a U.S. Navy strike group sailed unexpectedly into waters near North Korea.
Trump and Abe "agreed that [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians, including women and children, was abhorrent and warranted a strong response from the international community," the White House noted.
The president ordered a targeted missile strike against a Syrian air base on Thursday after Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons earlier in the week. The move has drawn bipartisan praise domestically and almost universal accolades internationally, but has ratcheted up tensions with Pyongyang and Moscow.