Japan to Work Closely with U.S. on N. Korea: Abe


Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Pref., July 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that projectiles fired by North Korea earlier in the day did not constitute a threat to Japan's national security and that Japan will cooperate closely with the United States on the matter.

Abe made the comment at a golf course in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, where he is spending his holiday.

The Japanese government set up a task force at the crisis management center of the prime minister's office in Tokyo to collect and analyze information regarding the projectile launches.

Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, held phone talks separately with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and South Korean Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon, in which they shared information about the latest move by North Korea and confirmed their cooperation on the issue.

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya held a meeting with senior officials of his ministry to discuss responses to the projectile launches.

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