Japan Urges N Korea to Stop Developing Ballistic Missiles

© REUTERS / KyodoA North Korean long-range rocket is launched into the air at the Sohae rocket launch site, North Korea
A North Korean long-range rocket is launched into the air at the Sohae rocket launch site, North Korea - Sputnik International
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Japan calls on Pyongyang to stop developing ballistic missiles, according to a resolution adopted on Tuesday, two days after North Korea launched a long-range rocket.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un uses a pair of binoculars to watch live ammunition firing drills. - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) — On Sunday, North Korea fired a long-range rocket to place a satellite into orbit, defying a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that could be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads and evoking condemnation from the international community.

According to the resolution, Japan considers "unacceptable and strongly condemns" North Korea's actions. The resolution demanded that North Korea’s authorities "immediately stop the development of ballistic missiles."

"This is a serious provocation that threatens the peace and security of both our country and the regional and international community," the resolution, adopted by the lower house of the Japanese parliament, said.

Following the reports about North Korea’s rocket launch, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office said that Tokyo, in close cooperation with the international community, would not hesitate to take measures against North Korea. On Monday, Abe said that Tokyo would tighten unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang.

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