(Mainichi: February 9, 2016 – p. 5)
Despite the strong urging of the government of Japan as well as the international community to exercise self-restraint, North Korea went ahead and launched a ballistic missile, calling it a “satellite,” on Feb. 7. This is a serious provocation that gravely threatens the peace and security of the region and the international community, including Japan. The recent launch violates multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions as well as the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration and is also contrary to the spirit of the Six-Party Talks joint statement. It is absolutely unacceptable. We strongly protest and condemn North Korea. We firmly demand that North Korea immediately abandon the development of ballistic missiles.
In addition, the international community should do everything in its power to reach a peaceful solution through concerted diplomatic efforts. The government of Japan should accelerate prompt negotiations in collaboration with relevant countries so that a UNSC resolution, including new sanctions that clearly stipulate the violation of human rights such as the abduction issue, is quickly adopted.
In Japan as well, the government dedicates itself to doing everything it can to reach a prompt and comprehensive solution to the North Korean nuclear, missile, and abduction issues by imposing its own sanctions against that nation.