Japan Responds Calmly to Pyongyang's Projectile Firing

Politics

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government responded calmly to Pyongyang's firing of projectiles on Thursday without determining quickly whether they were ballistic missiles.

Tokyo does not want to dampen momentum toward dialogue with North Korea, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump is eager to advance Washington-Pyongyang talks, informed sources said.

After the news of North Korea's projectile firing, Abe played golf in the central Japan prefecture of Yamanashi without cutting short his holiday there.

"I've confirmed that we're not in a situation where (the firing) affects our country's security," Abe told reporters there. "Anyway, we'll closely cooperate with the United States."

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters in Tokyo that the firing is "extremely regrettable."

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