Japan Struggles as Trump Shifts Stance on N. Korea

Politics

Tokyo, May 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is struggling to decide its response to North Korea's firing of short-range ballistic missiles last week, following U.S. President Donald Trump's shifting of his stance toward the communist country.

On Friday, Tokyo recognized the projectiles launched by North Korea on Thursday as ballistic missiles, following a statement issued by the U.S. Defense Department. Japan also made a strong protest to Pyongyang.

In talks with reporters at the White House on Thursday, Trump expressed displeasure over the North Korea's firing, saying that nobody was happy.

The U.S. leader, however, shifted his stance the following day. "They're short-range and I don't consider that a breach of trust at all," Trump said in an interview with U.S. media outlet Politico on Friday. Asked if he was "angry or frustrated" by the North Korean move, Trump said, "Not at all."

At a Japanese parliamentary committee meeting on Monday, Yuichi Goto, a member of the opposition Democratic Party for the People, pointed to the difference in stance over the matter between Japan and the United States.

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