The United States believes that the Syrian government employed a sarin-like nerve agent in a deadly attack in Syria last week.
Abe's disclosure came in response to a question that had been occasionally asked in the past but is now more realistic than ever with North Korea's missile capability rapidly advancing and tension with the USA rising.
He tweeted: "North Korea is looking for trouble".
North Korea, which never signed the global Chemical Weapons Convention, is believed to have up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, according to a South Korean defense white paper, though the North has never acknowledged it.
Sarin has been used in domestic attacks in Japan, notably in 1995 when the Aum Supreme Truth cult released it in the Tokyo subway killing 13 people and sickening 6,000 others. But recently, Abe's ruling party has proposed that Japan should bolster its missile defense, including upgrading the capability to shoot down an enemy missile and acquiring the capacity to attack the base it was sacked from. Leaders have in the past used the date to carry out weapons tests.
Vaccine credited with HPV virus reduction in Scotland
ONLY 75% of 15-year-old girls in Wide Bay have been fully vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, new figures show. By the time a sexually active person is in their early-20s, they've nearly certainly been exposed to HPV .
Trump admin. declines to brand China a currency manipulator
The decision was expected after President Donald Trump this week reversed himself and said China was not a currency manipulator. Before the elections, President Trump had vowed to label China a currency manipulator on Day One of his administration.
US-based 38 North, which monitors the secretive communist state, said satellite images taken on Wednesday showed the base was "primed and ready".
While much attention is paid to Pyongyang's threats of striking the USA mainland with intercontinental ballistic missiles, South Korea and Japan are the most at risk of North Korean attack.
Mr Abe made his warning at a meeting of Japan's parliamentary diplomacy and defence committee, reported by broadcaster NHK.
While Japan has long maintained a pacifist foreign policy following World War II, under Abe the country has moved away from this stance.
He also described the bond between the US and South Korea as "unshakeable" during an address on Monday. The presence of USA forces here in South Korea are a long-standing commitment to the Asia Pacific.
Jenner spent time with rapper Travis Scott at Jeremy Scott's Moschino x Candy Crush party on Saturday, Apr. 15 in Indio, Calif. People reported April 3 that Kylie and Tyga are "taking some space" after two years of on-again, off-again dating.
By default, property is divided 50/50 in cases such as this, unless a mutual agreement between the couple states otherwise. How seriously is this alleged new relationship? "Their relationship is very fluid and nothing has really changed.
She was pulled unconscious from the water with serious leg injuries, according to a report from Australian channel 9News. Since 2010, 10 people are said to have been killed in shark attacks in Western Australia .
Arkansas, the company said, bought 10 boxes of vecuronium bromide, which the state can use to stop a prisoner's breathing. Defense attorneys argued that midazolam does not effectively keep those being executed from experiencing a painful death.
The company also can't restrict competing search engines and applications from being preinstalled on Android devices. While Android is an open platform, core parts of the operating system aren't, including Google's app store.
Evening rush hour commuters look at the departures board while at Penn Station, Friday, April 14, 2017 , in NY . Penn Station was already crowded on account of massive delays caused by a stalled NJ Transit train .
However, later he adds: "I didn't particularly care for the way he mentioned me". "It's the most negative possible message". The samples on the new album show that Lamar is taking a pre-emptive strike at his detractors, including Geraldo Rivera .
They are thought to have left the hospital together on foot, and are believed to be in the company of an unknown man. Jayden Lavender is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with brown eyes, and short brown hair.
The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the Idlib attack, something Syria has already denied. Eighty-nine people were killed and others injured in the April 4 gas attack in Idlib province.
Arkansas court maintains stay for condemned man
The judge says he's morally opposed to the death penalty, but that his beliefs shouldn't prevent him from taking up certain cases. If they aren't knocked out sufficiently, they would be able to feel the pain of their lungs and hearts stopping, they say.
PM Modi holds roadshow in Bhubaneswar
He also offered floral tributes to freedom fighters and illustrious sons of the soil on his way to the Raj Bhavan. Modi, L K Advani, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley at party's national executive meet.
District attorney: New developments in slain jogger case
Marcotte was always encouraging McNiff to get out for training runs when they lived together, often joining her for a few miles. Unable to find a piece of paper, Early said the trooper wrote down the vehicle's license plate number on his hand.