Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who won the snap elections in Japan on Monday with a landslide victory pledged to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea's nuclear threat with "strong, resolute diplomacy".
Fresh from clinching an overwhelming "super-majority" which shall help him in to realise his dream of revising Japan's pacifist constitution, Abe vowed to forge a "national consensus" on the divisive issue.
Addressing reporters on his election win, Abe said he would "confirm close co-operation" on North Korea with Donald Trump when the US president visits Japan next month and then discuss the issue with the Chinese and Russian leaders.
He is now on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier, winning a fresh term at the helm of the world's third-biggest economy and key US regional ally.
North Korean belligerence helped the ruling coalition because "people are scared" and voted for Abe's hardline stance, said Gerald Curtis, professor of political science at Columbia University.