N. Korea's Firing "Grave Threat" to Japan: Defense Minister


Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Tuesday morning termed North Korea's firing of two projectiles in the early hours of the day as a "grave threat."

"The projectiles, no matter whether they are short or medium in range, pose a grave threat to our country," Iwaya told reporters at the Defense Ministry. "We'll fully conduct vigilance and surveillance and steadily build a comprehensive missile defense system."

"North Korea's attempts to enhance its missile capabilities are a serious problem not only to our country but also to the regional community," Iwaya added.

Since late July, North Korea has repeatedly launched projectiles including those the Japanese government confirmed as short-range ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang's moves "are believed to reflect its opposition to the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise" that started Monday, Iwaya said. "We'll continue our analysis."

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