Tokyo: North Korea’s missile test over Japan is an “unprecedented, serious and grave threat” to the east Asian archipelago, the country’s government has said.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, made the comments after a missile soared over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, traveling about 2,700 kilometers before plunging in the sea.
“We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,” Reuters quoted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as telling reporters. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters that the launch posed no threat to North America, according to Reuters.
The launch promised to further exacerbate a geopolitical standoff over North Korea’s military ambitions. The isolated nation has been displaying its advances in missile technology with a series of missile tests over the last month, prompting a war of words with Donald Trump.