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Govt protests North Korea launch

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference on Sunday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The government has issued strong protests against North Korea’s ballistic missile launch, and begun working with other countries to help bring about resolute action by the U.N. Security Council.

At a hastily arranged press conference on Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the firing of the missile by North Korea “obviously violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

Suga revealed the government has lodged strong protests against North Korea’s actions through diplomatic channels in Beijing.

Suga also harshly criticized North Korea, saying, “Considering that [North Korea fired the ballistic missile] just after the Japan-U.S. bilateral meeting, it is clearly a provocative action against our nation and the region.”

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was in the United States at the time of the launch, issued three points in an instruction saying the government will make every possible effort to collect and analyze information and release it to the nation promptly and precisely; thoroughly confirm the safety of aircraft and ships; and remain on full alert in case of any unforeseen consequences.

Also Sunday, four government ministers who belong to the National Security Council met to discuss what actions need to be taken and a meeting was held with bureau chiefs of concerned ministries and agencies.

After the ministers’ meeting, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters at the Foreign Ministry that the missile launch by North Korea “violated accumulated Security Council resolutions and the Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration.”

Kishida added, “It also runs counter to the joint statement from the six-party talks” related to North Korea’s nuclear development.

He also said the government has already begun working with concerned countries to ensure a strong message is issued by the international community, such as an official statement from the U.N. Security Council condemning North Korea’s actions.

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  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Ministry, on Sunday held telephone talks separately with Kim Hong Kyun, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, and Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and confirmed that the countries will closely cooperate on the issue.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Sunday instructed the Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces to continue to take every possible action for information-gathering and surveillance.Speech

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