TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea’s latest missile launch violated United Nations resolutions calling for a halt to such ballistic weapons tests, a spokesman for Japan’s government said on Friday.
“They were ballistic missiles and that puts it in contravention of U.N. resolutions,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami said at a regular press briefing.
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday, its second missile test in less than a week.
Japan, which is within striking distance of North Korean mid-range missiles, has been a strong advocate of tough resolutions to force Pyongyang to abandon its ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons programs.
Reporting by Tim Kelly; editing by Darren Schuettler