Japan Protests N. Korea's Ballistic Missile Firing

Politics

Tokyo, May 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government made a strong protest against North Korea's firing on Thursday of projectiles believed to be ballistic missiles, through embassy channels in Beijing on Friday.

The move was disclosed by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference that the projectiles North Korea launched the previous day are believed to be short-range ballistic missiles.

The assessment came just after the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement that Thursday's launches by North Korea consisted of multiple ballistic missiles.

"It is extremely regrettable, as this is a clear violation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions," Iwaya stressed.

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