Japan warns of North Korea’s provocations

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The Japanese government plans to step up surveillance and is on high alert after North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday.

Pyongyang tested the missile at a steeper angle than usual, using an elevated trajectory.

It is believed to have traveled 800 kilometers and reached an altitude of around 2,000 kilometers before landing outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of ​​Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio called the missile launch a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and said he had lodged a strong protest with Pyongyang.

Sunday’s missile launch was North Korea’s 7th this year. It was also the first time since November 2017 that Pyongyang fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers.

Japanese government officials warn that threats from North Korea have reached a new level.

The government says Pyongyang may pose an even greater threat by resuming testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons.

Japan, the United States and South Korea plan to hold a foreign ministerial meeting to discuss North Korea.

The Japanese government will cooperate with the international community to strongly urge Pyongyang to exercise restraint.

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