Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga welcomed on Wednesday a strong warning issued by U.S. President Donald Trump against North Korea over the reclusive state’s intercontinental ballistic missile launches last month.
“It’s extremely important for our country to secure the deterrent power of the United States,” Suga told a press conference, after Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangers his country.
Regarding a U.S. media report that Pyongyang has succeeded in producing a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, Suga said, “Japan will cooperate closely with the United States and South Korea in urging North Korea to exercise self-restraint on provocative actions and comply with its obligations under relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
Commenting on this report, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera stressed the need for the Japanese government to remain fully alert.
Although it is not clear whether North Korea already has this ability or will possess it in the near future, “the situation has at least come to a level where we have to conduct thorough surveillance activities,” he told reporters.
A North Korean military spokesman on Tuesday released a statement saying that Pyongyang is carefully considering plans to strike areas around the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with intermediate-range ballistic missiles.Speech