Japan to send strong message to North Korea over missile test

Sep 13, 2016
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un being condemned by various countries of conducting provocative missile tests.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un being condemned by various countries of conducting provocative missile tests.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida agreed on Monday with his Russian and French counterparts to send a strong message to prevent further provocative acts by North Korea, Japan’s Jiji Press reported.

Kishida also shared the view in separate telephone talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that the nuclear test conducted by the reclusive state on Friday is unacceptable.

The three pledged to cooperate closely to adopt a new United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution against the move.

“This is a threat on a different level to before,” Kishida underscored in the talks.

He also told them that Tokyo already filed a protest with Pyongyang over the nuclear test through their respective embassies in Beijing.

Lavrov said that the nuclear test was a grave violation of UNSC resolutions, posing a serious threat to the region and the nternational community.

Ayrault noted France supports Japan’s position, adding that the international community needs to work together on the issue.

Kishida told reporters that he was arranging a teleconference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Nepal has joined the global community in flaying North Korea for conducting the nuclear test and asked that country to respect the international laws for peace and security in the Korean Peninsula as well as in the world as a whole.

“The Government of Nepal deplores the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) defying the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the calls of the international community,” Nepalese foreign ministry said in a statement Monday.

In line with its consistent policy of general and complete disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction, Nepal stands against such tests, the statement said.

Nepal called upon the North Korean government to strictly respect international laws and UN Security Council resolutions for peace in the world.

Nepal and North Korea established diplomatic relations on May 15, 1974.

Source: Bernama