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DM Iwaya: Japan, U.S. “on same page” regarding DPRK’s missile launches

NHK reported today that after a cabinet meeting this morning, Defense Minister Iwaya commented on President Trump’s remark on Friday that he did not regard North Korea’s recent launch of short-range ballistic missiles as a breach of trust by Kim Jong Un. Iwaya said that this remark was probably based on the relationship of trust between the U.S. and North Korean leaders and that Japan and the U.S. remain on the same page with regard to their assessment that the projectiles launched by the DPRK were ballistic missiles. He indicated that even launching short-range missiles violates UN Security Council resolutions and that Japan will continue to closely cooperate with the U.S. to work toward North Korea’s complete denuclearization and relinquishment of ballistic missiles.

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