Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, at a press conference, stated that he strongly condemned North Korea’s missile tests over the weekend and yesterday. Noting that he found the trials “in no way inexcusable”, Suga stated that they violated the resolutions of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
“North Korea’s missile tests threaten the peace and security of Japan and the region,” Suga said.
Suga noted that he will convene the National Security Council (NSC) and he had given instructions to the relevant state institutions for the safety of maritime and air traffic.
In the statement made by the Japanese Ministry of Defense, it was evaluated that “North Korea’s ballistic and other types of missile tests in the recent days are a serious problem in the eyes of Japan and the international community.”
Cabinet Chief Secretary Kato Katsunobu stressed that the missiles “were flying through the air in an unusual way”. Kato did not provide details on the course of the missiles, the place where they fell, and the damage.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that at around 12:30 local time yesterday, North Korea conducted a missile test and the missiles were launched to the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.
It was noteworthy that the missile test was carried out after the summit on “North Korea” held by the US and South Korean diplomats in Tokyo on September 14.
On the other hand, Yonhap agency, based on North Korean sources, stated that this country tested a “new type of missile” with a range of 1500 kilometers over the weekend.