Japan lashes out at North Korean ballistic missile launch

“We strongly condemn a number of actions by North Korea, including repeated launches of ballistic missiles that threaten the peace and security of Japan, the region and the international community,” said Japanese Cabinet Secretary General Hirokazu Matsuno.

The launch of two short-range ballistic missiles from the Sunan region, on the territory of which the Pyongyang International Airport is located, occurred on the morning of Monday, January 17.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed his government to do everything possible to collect information about the missiles that flew, according to the country’s defense minister Nobuo Kishi.

The Japan Coast Guard has issued a warning to ships traveling through Japanese waters to beware of possible attacks. At the same time, there are no reports of actual damage to ships or aircraft yet. In the meantime, a crisis headquarters has been set up in the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office.

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