Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has strongly condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile that fell into the sea near Japanese waters.
Kishida, who was in Belgium to attend a G7 summit, spoke to reporters shortly after the missile fell in the Sea of Japan off Hokkaido on Thursday.
He said North Korea launched what appeared to be a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, which fell inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone near its territorial waters. He said it was unforgivable and he strongly condemned it.
Kishida stressed that the launch is just the latest in a series of ballistic missile launches, some involving ICBMs, that the North has carried out this year. He said his conduct posed a threat to the peace and security of Japan, the region and the international community.
Kishida also said the latest launch violates UN Security Council resolutions against the North. He said Japan had lodged a protest through diplomatic channels.
He stressed that Japan will do its utmost to collect information and monitor North Korean missiles to ensure Japan’s security, in close cooperation with the United States and other relevant countries.
The prime minister said Japan would work with the United States, South Korea and other countries to decide on countermeasures against Pyongyang, such as additional sanctions. He also said he would raise the issue at the G7 summit.