« Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Hirokazu Matsuno made a statement during a press briefing on Saturday in Tokyo, announcing that North Korea launched spy satellite and multiple missiles with ‘unprecedented frequency’, which the Japanese government considers a ‘series of provocations’ for its security.
« This is the series of provocations by North Korea, which continues with unprecedented frequency and in new forms, poses a serious and imminent threat to the security of our country, as well as to the peace and security of the region and the international community as a whole, and are absolutely unacceptable, » Matsuno declared.
The Chief Cabinet Secretary also mentioned that, along with the US and South Korea, the Japanese government aims for the denuclearisation of North Korea.
« North Korea has not shown any concrete movement toward a solution. Under these circumstances, in line with the United States and South Korea, the Cabinet today agreed to designate three organisations and four individuals involved in nuclear and missile programs prohibited by Security Council resolutions related to North Korea as additional targets for freezing their assets, » he mentioned.
« Japan strongly urges North Korea to take concrete actions to resolve the issues of abductions, nuclear weapons, and missiles. In addition, we will work closely with the United States, Japan, and South Korea, as well as with the international community, to denuclearise North Korea, » Matsuno continued.
According to local media reports, Pyongyang launched multiple cruise missiles heading towards the west of the Korean Peninsula, near the Yellow Sea. »