In an exclusive joint interview with CNBC and Broadcast Satellite Japan, Abe welcomed President Donald Trump's approach on curbing North Korean nuclear aggression in light of failures by previous U.S. administrations.
"President Trump says all options are on the table. He is demonstrating this position both by words and by action. We regard this highly," he said.
The international community had increased pressure on North Korea under the notion of strategic patience during the Obama administration, but that did not stop the pariah state's nuclear development, Abe noted.
"We would like to resort to diplomatic and peaceful means in resolving this situation and I think on this point, the U.S. and Japan share the same views. However, we are not pursuing dialogue for the sake of dialogue. We must firmly and solidly stand upon the principle of action for action."
Earlier on Monday, Pyongyang announced that it had