Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has expressed hope for discussing North Korean issues, including the North's recent firing of ballistic missiles, at an upcoming bilateral summit with US President Joe Biden.
Suga was speaking at an Upper House committee meeting on Friday.
Referring to the North's missile launch on Thursday, Suga said the act threatens Japan's peace and security and cannot be tolerated.
He added that Japan must further boost vigilance and surveillance against such moves.
Asked whether the issue will be a main topic at next month's Japan-US summit, Suga replied that he wants to refrain from speaking about possible topics for now.
But Suga said he hopes to closely coordinate views with the US president over policies toward the North, including its missile program. He added that he hopes to take up the matter in a discussion.