Japan PM: Will closely monitor North Korea after missile launch


FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the ASEAN-Japan Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday said that a missile launch by North Korea was a threat to Japan and the international community, and that Tokyo would be in close contact with its partners to monitor the situation.

“Multiple missile launches by North Korea are a serious challenge not only for Japan, but also international society,” Abe told reporters after the country’s defense ministry had confirmed that an object that appeared to be a missile was launched from North Korea earlier in the day.

“We will remain in close contact with the United States, South Korea and the international community to monitor the situation. We will increase our vigilance to preserve the safety and assets of the Japanese people,” he said.

Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Alex Richardson

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