Upper House of Japan’s Diet has condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch.A resolution unanimously adopted by the chamber on Monday firmly protested last Wednesday’s launch as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
It says the launch demonstrates North Korea’s intention to continue its nuclear and missile development, and that such an outright provocation against the international community cannot be tolerated.
The resolution demands that Pyongyang give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and work for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. It also urges the country to implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions immediately and completely. Japanese government to press other nations to implement the Security Council resolutions. Asks the government to be fully prepared for any emergency and take every possible measure to ensure the safety of the country’s people.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will firmly pursue diplomacy so that North Korea will change its policy. He stressed the need to work together with other countries to raise pressure on Pyongyang to the maximum level to create a situation in which it will seek a dialogue.
Abe said the government will make all-out efforts to resolve the issues of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and, most importantly, the country’s abductions of Japanese citizens.
Japanese parliament on Monday declared Pyongyang’s missile tests an “imminent threat” to Japan. The upper house unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the North’s firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile that dropped into the sea inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone last week, AFP said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to put pressure on North Korea. “Dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless,” the PM said. “In order to press North Korea into changing its policies, we shall take a resolute attitude in our diplomacy,” he told the upper house.