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Japan condemns North Korea’s ballistic missile launch as ‘outrageous’ and a ‘threat’ to the region

People watch a news program reporting on a parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of North Korea held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on September 9, 2021.

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North Korea launched ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, prompting condemnation from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

It got here two days after the reclusive North take a look at fired cruise missiles.

South Korea’s navy mentioned two rounds of unidentified ballistic missiles had been fired into the open waters of the East Sea, additionally recognized as the Sea of Japan, in accordance to NBC News.

Japan’s Suga condemned the missile launch as “simply outrageous” and mentioned it was a “threat to the peace and security” of the region.

“It is in violation of UN Security Council resolution, and I strongly protest and condemn this,” he mentioned exterior his workplace, including that the authorities will proceed to monitor the space.

“We will work closely with the U.S., South Korea, and other concerned nations to resolutely protect the lives of our citizens and their peaceful lives,” the prime minister mentioned.

The Joint Chief of Staffs of South Korea mentioned native and U.S. intelligence providers are conducting detailed evaluation.

South Korea might be holding an emergency assembly over the ballistic missile launch on Wednesday afternoon, NBC reported.

“President Moon Jae In was immediately briefed about NK’s launch of the unidentified projectile… [and] will be convening the National Security Council meeting with its standing committee members upon returning from his outdoor schedules today,” mentioned Park Kyung-mi, the presidential spokesperson in a textual content briefing.  

The missile launches come throughout Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s go to to Seoul, and might make Beijing seem “unwilling or unable to restrain Pyongyang,” in accordance to Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

He added that the missile exams contradict worldwide hopes for dialogue, and North Korea is constant to develop missiles, pushed by safety technique and technical components.

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