Tokyo: Through the launch of an ICBM-class missile by North Korea in July, it had become clear that the threat posed by North Korea to both Japan and the U.S. had increased and that this threat had become real.
Japanese Prime MInister Shinzo Abe underscored this while talking to media persons here earlier this week. He said that there have been discussions at the Foreign Minister level between Japan and the United States and also between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) regarding North Korea’s Missile Launch.
A telephone talk was also held between Shotaro Yachi, Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, and Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Advisor.
Abe said: Japan, the U.S., and the Republic of Korea fully agreed that we will intensify pressure, invole the United Nations Security Council and take its response as we go forward. In addition, we shared the view that it is of crucial importance to further strengthen our efforts by urging China to ome forward.
The Japanese Prime Minister further said that North Korea’s development of ICBMs is a grave and real threat to the security of the international community. Grounded in the strong solidarity of Japan and the U.S., Japan and the ROK, and Japan, the U.S. and the ROK, we will respond in a resolute manner, working in close cooperation with the international community.
There is also the possibility of further provocative actions by North Korea. We will maintain a high level of vigilance and take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the people, Abe went on to observe.