N. Korea Remains Threat to Japan: Defense White Paper


Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government report indicated Tuesday that North Korea remains a threat to Japan, while expressing concerns over China's growing military activities.

North Korea is "an unprecedented, grave and imminent threat" following the reclusive nation's provocative acts last autumn, said the annual defense white paper, submitted by Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to a cabinet meeting.

While appreciating the outcome of the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June, the report said, "There is no change in the basic view (of Japan) on North Korean nuclear and missile threats after the summit."

North Korea possesses and has deployed several hundred missiles that cover most of Japan, the paper noted, showing a stronger sense of crisis than the previous year following its sixth nuclear test in September last year and subsequent ballistic missile launches toward Japan's vicinity.

The paper highly evaluated Kim's pledge in writing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula completely.

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