NSC meeting held

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun Defense Ministry officials said the missiles North Korea fired Monday are highly likely to be either intermediate-range Musudan or Rodong, short-range Scud ER, or their upgraded versions.

The range is about 2,500 to 4,000 kilometers for Musudan, about 1,300 kilometers for Rodong and about 1,000 kilometers for Scud ER.

The government held a National Security Council meeting on the day and confirmed that it would make utmost efforts in information-gathering, safeguarding and monitoring operations.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held successive telephone talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se in the morning. He confirmed that Japan, the United States and South Korea would closely cooperate in dealing with the situation. They also agreed that they would strongly urge North Korea to restrain its provocative acts and abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

In Seoul, South Korean Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn held a standing committee meeting of the National Security Council in the morning to discuss the matter. The South Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying the missile launch constitutes “a grave threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and the international community as a whole.” The South Korean government condemns North Korea’s provocation in the strongest terms, it added.Speech

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