On the 22nd, Japan expressed regret over the failure of the UN Security Council to respond to North Korea’s ballistic missile provocation.
At a regular press conference on the 22nd, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno noted that North Korea has recently committed serious provocations and repeatedly violated UN Security Council resolutions, Japanese media reported.
“It is very unfortunate that the Security Council has not taken action against North Korea because of the passive attitude of some countries,” he said.
At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council held on the 21st, the United States announced that it would propose a statement by the chairman of the Security Council condemning North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on the 18th.
However, as China and Russia turned the blame on the United States, the Security Council meeting ended without further discussion of the chairman’s statement.
Minister Matsuno said Japan’s goal is to lead to the denuclearization of North Korea, and Japan will monitor the Security Council’s progress with interest.