Kishida Vows to Work with U.S., S. Korea over N. Korea


Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday that the country will cooperate closely with countries such as the United States and South Korea over North Korea's provocations.

"We'll keep a close watch on North Korea's provocative acts," Kishida told reporters during a trip to Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan earlier on Sunday.

Japanese State Defense Minister Toshiro Ino told reporters that North Korea is escalating provocations. Pyongyang's missile launches "threaten peace and stability in Japan and the international community and are utterly unacceptable," he said.

Japan filed a protest against North Korea via embassies in Beijing.

Kishida said that he instructed officials to collect information and ensure safety. Ino said that no damage to aircraft or ships has been reported.

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