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Upper house unanimously passes protest resolution

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, front right, attends a House of Councillors plenary meeting on Wednesday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The House of Councillors unanimously passed a resolution protesting North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches, at a plenary meeting on Wednesday morning.

The resolution strongly condemned the missile launches, saying they “clearly represent the threat now in a new stage and constitute a provocative act against our country, region and the entire international community.”

The resolution called on the government to work together with relevant countries, such as the United States, South Korea, China and Russia, to urge North Korea to exercise restraint. It also asked the government to thoroughly implement and strengthen Japan’s sanctions against North Korea.

Regarding this matter, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the plenary session, “We strongly protest and condemn this outrageous act in the strongest terms.

“We intend to take the lead in coordination among Japan, the United States and South Korea and make progress further on arranging security cooperation,” he said. “As North Korea has hinted at firing a new type of missile, we will continue to maintain a high level of surveillance and implement full-scale preparations.”

The House of Representatives is expected to pass a similar resolution at a plenary session on Thursday.Speech

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