The Lower House of Japan’s Diet has unanimously adopted a resolution protesting North Korea’s recent rocket launch.
The resolution adopted on Tuesday says the North launched what it calls a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday, despite international calls for restraint. It calls the act a grave challenge that badly damages peace and safety in the region and the international community.
The statement says North Korea’s action is totally unacceptable, and that the Lower House strongly denounces it. The body also called on the North to immediately end its ballistic missile development project.
The statement also urges Japan’s government to accelerate negotiations with countries concerned so that the UN Security Council will adopt as soon as possible a resolution that includes new sanctions and refers to abductions of Japanese nationals as an example of human rights violations by the North.
The Lower House also called on the government to impose its own sanctions and do its utmost to achieve a comprehensive solution to North Korea-related issues such as the abductions, nuclear programs and missile development.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government has decided to impose its own sanctions to solve such issues. He added that his government will study details of the sanctions as soon as possible and take resolute actions against North Korea.
Source and image: NHK