The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidaassured this Thursday that his country will seek to “collaborate even more closely” with the international community to maintain stability in the region, following the new launch of a ballistic missile by the North Korean regime.
“I am not in a position to point out what North Korea’s intentions are.but I believe that maintaining peace and stability in the region is a very important issue and that we must collaborate even more closely with our allies and like-minded countries,” Kishida said in statements collected by the public channel nhk.
The Japanese president made these comments upon his arrival at the office of the japanese prime ministerthe Kantei, shortly after detecting the launch of a missile that the first analyzes of both Japan like South Korea point out that it was a intercontinental ballistic projectile (ICBM), fired by the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Pyongyang launched a long-range missile at around 7:10 a.m. Tokyo and Seoul local time from the area of Sunanin the North Korean capital area, according to details published by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
He Japan Ministry of Defensewhose authorities also detected the test, indicated that the projectile flew for about 69 minutes and landed in the waters of the Sea of Japan around 8:18 a.m. local time about 250 kilometers west of the island of Oshimaoff the southwestern coast of hokkaido (north) and outside its territorial waters and economic exclusion.
The Japanese head of Defense, Yasukazu Hamadanoted that Japan is in coordination with South Korea and the United States to collect and analyze information about the launch this Thursday, which has not caused any incidents with any vessel.
The North Korean test, the eighth of the year, also comes in the middle of military exercises Freedom Shield from Seoul and Washington, which Pyongyang considers a rehearsal to invade its territory and to which it has promised to give an “unprecedented” response.
The South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeolarrived in Japan on Thursday for a visit focused on a summit with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, in a moment of bilateral rapprochement.
Yoon arrived at around 11:30 local time at Haneda International Airportin Tokyo, together with his wife and first lady, kim keon-heein a private plane.
It is the first visit in 12 years that a South Korean president has made to Japan for a bilateral summit.at a time when both neighbors are trying to improve relations.
Yoon’s two-day visit comes less than two weeks after Seoul announced a plan to resolve the two countries’ longstanding dispute over the compensation for Koreans forced to perform forced labor for Japanese companies during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea between 1910 and 1945.
Under the plan, a public foundation affiliated on South Korean Ministry of the Interior It will compensate those affected with donations from national companies that benefited from donations that Japan made based on a bilateral compensation agreement signed in 1965.
The plan, applauded by Tokyo, has generated protests among the victims and the rejection of many South Koreans due to the lack of participation of Japanese conglomerates.
Yoon has expressed his desire to move forward in improving relations with Japan, which he considers essential to restore bilateral economic exchanges and to effectively respond to and counter North Korea’s weapons development.
The coming to power of the conservative Yoon in May 2022 and the arms advances of Pyongyang which hours before its departure for Tokyo carried out its eighth missile test this year, are serving to boost cooperation, especially in the military field, after a period in which relations between Seoul and Tokyo went through their worst moment in years .
(With information from EFE)
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