- Title: Japan says prepared for any North Korean threat
- Date: 7th October 2016
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - SEPTEMBER 2016) (REUTERS) PATRIOT ADVANCED CAPABILITY-3 (PAC-3) MISSILES PARKED PERMANENTLY IN FRONT OF THE DEFENSE MINISTRY MORE OF PAC-3 MISSILE LAUNCHERS
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2016 04:10
- Keywords: Japan North Korea Yoshilde Suga nuclear
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Defence,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00253095J9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: ++ EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS FIVE FRAMES OF WHITE FLASHED BETWEEN SOUNDBITES EN LIEU OF A CUTAWAY
Japan says it is prepared for any North Korea threat after Pyongyang threatened further action 'in the near future."
"We are always extremely keen and aware of the nuclear activities of North Korea and continue to analyse the situation there. But we cannot offer details due to the nature of the subject," Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regular news conference on Friday (October 7).
"But as seen with the continuous tests and missile launches, North Korea's nuclear programme is a grave threat to our nation and is a clear violation of the security council and six party talk joint statements," he added.
"We will continue to coordinate efforts with the United States and South Korea in order to increase the pressure for North Korea to stop its provocative behaviour and follow the related security council joint communique, and we are collecting information so to be prepared and remain on guard against all possibilities," Suga said.
Suga was responding to questions regarding an announcement on North Korean television on Thursday (October 6) where Pyongyang warned U.S. President Barack Obama to prepare for "a shuddering reality in the near future" according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.
The announcer continued saying it blamed the U.S. for making North Korea into a "nuclear superpower".
Japanese media is speculating that North Korea may soon launch another missile around October 10th, a day where Pyongyang marks the founding of its Central Organizing Committee of the Communist Party.
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