Japan condemns latest DPRK missile launch

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-29 09:01:41|Editor: xuxin
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TOKYO, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired a ballistic missile Monday that may have fallen into Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, the Japanese government said.

"We cannot tolerate North Korea's repeated provocations in defiance of warnings from the international society," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters at a briefing on the matter in his office.

Abe said he would closely cooperate with the international community on the latest provocation, including the United States and South Korea.

Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference the launch is a "clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting North Korea from such activities."

"The missile was fired from North Korea's eastern coast around 5:40 a.m.," Suga said, adding there were no reports of damage to aircraft or ships in the area.

The Japanese government convened its National Security Council meeting following the launch.

Abe called for the gathering of information on the missile launch and steps to be taken to ensure the safety of airplanes and vessels in the area.

Japan would remain on alert for any unexpected contingencies, Suga said.