N Korea missile launch a "grave provocative action" says Japanese premier

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that North Korea's missile launch is a "clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions".
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that North Korea's missile launch is a "clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions". PHOTO: EPA

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accused North Korea of violating UN Security Council Resolutions by launching a missile Sunday (Feb 7), saying it was totally unacceptable. Mr Abe posted his views on Pyongyang on his Facebook page following the hostile move by North Korea.

"North Korea has conducted a missile launch although the Government of Japan as well as the international community repeatedly has urged to exercise self-restraint. This situation cannot be tolerated," said Mr Abe.

"Today's missile launch, which follows a recent nuclear test, is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions and a grave provocative action in terms of Japan's security," the prime minister added.

Mr Abe said he convened an emergency meeting with the National Security Council and stated that: "We will resolutely take measures in response to North Korea, acting in co-operation with the international community. We will also continue to take all possible measures to ensure the safety of the Japanese people through the collective efforts of the government.'