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Press Occasion on North Korea’s Missile Launch

July 4, 2017

[Provisional Translation]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press occasion at the Prime Minister's Office.
In regard to North Korea's missile launch, the Prime Minister said,

"North Korea has conducted yet another missile launch in disregard of repeated warnings from the international community. This missile launch clearly demonstrates the further elevation of the level of threat.

Yesterday I held a Japan-U.S. summit telephone talk with President Trump and we confirmed the strong cooperation between Japan and the United States on this matter. Tomorrow I will be departing for the G20 Hamburg Summit in Germany, where I will attend a Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) summit meeting as well. President Trump and President Moon Jae-in and I will have a shared recognition of the situation, and we will strengthen international pressure on North Korea based on the strong solidarity of Japan, the United States and the ROK.

World leaders will be gathering in Hamburg for the G20 Summit. I will use this opportunity to advocate strongly for international cooperation in response to North Korea. I also intend to call on President Xi Jinping of China and President Putin of Russia to make a more constructive response. Based on the strong Japan-U.S. Alliance we will continue to make every effort to secure the safety of our people, while maintaining a high level of vigilance."

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