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    Tokyo Plans to Discuss N Korea's Missile Launches With Moscow - Japan FM

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    Japan plans to discuss with Russia North Korea's recent missile launches, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to the Japanese Kyodo news agency, Kishida has discussed the issue with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se.

    It was earlier reported that Pyongyang has launched "four ballistic missiles" into the East Sea amid the joint US-South Korean military drills.

    Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated earlier that the DPRK launched four missiles in direction of the Sea of Japan, adding that three of them landed in Tokyo's exclusive economic zone some 250 kilometers west off the Japanese coast.

    "We have already held contacts with the United States and South Korea, but now we are also considering the possibility of contacts with China and Russia," Kishida told journalists.

    The minister added that Tokyo would cooperate with both Washington and Seoul and would call on other states to adhere to the resolutions of the UN Security Council (UNSC), which prohibit Pyongyan to conduct ballistic missile tests.

    "We will insist on full implementation, first of all by China and other concerned states, of the UNSC resolutions, including the 2321 resolution [prohibiting the tests]," Kishida added.

    Japanese media reported that the move of Pyongyang resulted in at least two sessions of the National Security Council to discuss the issue and the second meeting was held after a phone conversation between US and Japan's national security advisers.

    Earlier in the day, North Korea reportedly launched four missiles from northwestern part of the country. According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, three of them plunged into the Sea of Japan within the Japanese exclusive economic zone and did not inflict any damages.

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    • avatar
      Darrell R
      This is more likely to take a productive direction if Japan does manage to get China and Russia involved with this. There is nothing to lose at this point.
    • avatar
      Matthew Olsen
      Japan and South Korea should get S-500 from Russia instead of a Thaad system from the US. This wouldn't be antagonizing to China, and would help to bring all the major players into the region with less potential conflict.
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      Darrell Rin reply toMatthew Olsen(Show commentHide comment)
      Matthew Olsen, great idea!
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