Japan warns of growing North Korea threat
According to the media outlet, the two sides discussed a number of regional issues, such as North Korea's nuclear and missile threat, China's growing maritime activity and fight against global terrorism.
"The threat has now reached a dimension altogether different from what has transpired until now", Abe said, adding that it was "substantially more serious than before".
"The threat to the worldwide community has become increasingly grave and all the more realistic".
In a brief conversation on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Li responded that China would like to cooperate with Japan on a "Northeast Asian issue", without explicitly referring to North Korea, according to a senior Japanese official.
Abe also made a pitch for Japan's high-tech "maglev" railway, suggesting once again that the technology, which Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) 9022.T aims to use to link the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027, would be a good fit for the NY to Washington route. "We must concentrate our strengths and thwart North Korea's plans", he said.
Japan has never fired a shot in anger since World War II and is constitutionally barred from offensive military operations.
Pointing to US President Barack Obama's landmark visit to Hiroshima in May, Abe raised the spectre of a North Korea willing to use nuclear weapons. "Were we to overlook it, how would we justify it to our own consciences?"
China's foreign ministry said the Liaoning Hongxiang Group was under investigation under the provisions of United Nations resolution 2270, which imposed tighter sanctions on North Korea in March.
Earlier, Clinton said the relationship between the United States and Japan is "absolutely critical to the peace and prosperity of not only of Asia but the entire world". North Korea has tested two nuclear weapons since the beginning of this year - the only country to conduct a nuclear weapons test this century.
In his remarks, Abe also declared that Japan would play a leading role in Security Council discussions on how to confront Pyongyang.
He detailed how Japan's aid, what he called "coordinated humanitarian and development assistance" constructively helps both refugees and their hosts.