Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary said North Korea likely test-launched a new type of missile on Sunday. The projectile flew for an estimated half an hour and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 kilometers.
Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that the government is carefully analyzing the relevant information. He refrained from sharing details.
The secretary said the government is keeping levels of monitoring high and doing everything it can to address the issue. He stressed its biggest job is to protect life and assets of the Japanese people.
Suga said the government will continue to work closely with the United States, South Korea and other countries concerned, to increase pressure on the North.
As for dialogue with Pyongyang, he said that the government will refrain from engaging in it for its own sake.
He said the important thing is to create an environment that makes things move ahead. He added that he welcomes US government’s position that all options are on the table.
Source and image: NHK