Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hosted a press conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on Saturday, where he condemned North Korea following the launch of another inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM).
“In response to yesterday’s launch of an ICBM ballistic missile by North Korea, a meeting between Japan, the United States, the ROK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand was called, at short notice, where we confirmed to continue our close coordination, condemned the latest launch of the ballistic missile in the strongest possible terms and concluded that such action is absolutely inadmissible,” Kishida said.
The Japanese Prime Minister went on to explain that he had recently discussed the matter of North Korean aggression with US President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart.
“In the trilateral summit that I had with president Biden and president Yoon, we discussed the continuing provocation by North Korea which may escalate going forward and agreed to continue our cooperation between Japan, the US and the ROK including real-time sharing of missile warning DACA,” Kishida explained.
North Korea’s latest ICBM landed in the ocean roughly 210km (130 miles) west of Hokkaido. The so-called ‘Hermit Kingdom’ has fired more than 50 missiles over the last two months.