After the launch, Tokyo issued a warning asking residents of two northern regions of the country to evacuate to shelters. The missile then appears to have fallen overboard. Biden to Fushida: “A danger to the Japanese people”. The EU: “Unjustifiable”
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Alert in Japan after North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile. Tokyo has issued a warning asking some residents of two northern regions of the country to evacuate to shelters. Strong condemnations for the launch immediately came from the US and the EU. In addition, South Korea and the United States responded to the provocation with a specific exercise dedicated to “precision bombing”, as announced by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Seoul.
Missile in the sea. Tokyo condemns the launch
THE SIRENS SOUND IN TOKYO
The North Korean missile passed over Japan at around 8 am local time (1 am in Italy). In a statement, the Japanese coast guard later claimed that the device fell overboard. Tokyo immediately condemned the incident: “It is an act of violence that follows the repeated and recent launches of ballistic missiles. We strongly condemn it ”.
The US response
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The United States, immediately after the launch, consulted with Japan and South Korea for a “robust” response. US National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan spoke separately with his counterparts. Then came the decision to proceed with the targeted exercise. US President Joe Biden, in a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, reiterated the strong condemnation of the missile test, calling it “a danger for the Japanese people, destabilizing for the region and a clear violation of the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations”. Kishida and Biden, the White House said, reiterated that “they will continue to cooperate for an immediate and long-term response bilaterally and with the international community”. The leaders discussed the importance of “the immediate return home of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea and agreed to continue every effort to limit Pyongyang’s ability to carry out its ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs” .
EU: “Unjustifiable aggression”
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The President of the Council of the EU, Charles Michel, who expressed European solidarity with Japan and South Korea, also speaks of “an unjustifiable aggression”. “We strongly condemn North Korea’s deliberate attempt to jeopardize security in the region, launching a ballistic missile over Japan. An unjustifiable attack, in blatant violation of international law, “he tweeted.
Stoltenberg: “North Korea must abandon nuclear missile programs”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said he strongly condemned North Korea’s dangerous and destabilizing missile tests that violate UN Security Council resolutions. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – he added – “must abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and engage in diplomacy. NATO is in solidarity with our Indo-Pacific partners, Japan and South Korea”.