Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile as an “outrageous” act, considering it a threat to peace and security in the region.
This came in statements made by Suga, on Wednesday, during a press conference held in the capital, Tokyo.
Suga pointed out that these experiments “cannot be justified in any way,” pointing out that they violate the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
“North Korea’s missile tests threaten the peace and security of Japan and the region,” he said, noting that he would convene the National Security Council.
The Prime Minister also made it clear that he had issued instructions to the relevant state institutions to ensure the safety of sea and air traffic.
In a statement issued by it, the Japanese Ministry of Defense said, “The ballistic and other missile tests conducted by North Korea recently are a serious problem for Japan and the international community.”
In turn, Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu stressed that the missiles “were flying in the air in an unusual way”, without mentioning any details about the trajectory of those missiles, where they fell and the damages caused by them.
The South Korean military said on Wednesday that North Korea had fired an unidentified projectile from its east coast, days after testing a long-range cruise missile.
The Japanese Coast Guard also said what could be a ballistic missile launched from North Korea.
The South Korean military and the Japanese Coast Guard did not elaborate.
The launch came after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, calling it a “strategic weapon of great importance”. Analysts say the missile could be the country’s first nuclear-capable weapon of its kind.
Pyongyang is developing its weapons program, amid stalled talks aimed at halting its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for relief from US sanctions. Negotiations have been stalled since 2019.