Japan to protest to North Korea via China over missile launch

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Tokyo | Published: February 12, 2017 8:43:05 AM

Japan will make a strong protest to North Korea through diplomatic routes via China, its top cabinet official said on Sunday, after the isolated state fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast.

japan-l-reuSpeaking to reporters, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said North Korea?s missile launch, timed to coincide with a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was a clear act of provocation to Japan and the region. (Reuters)

Japan will make a strong protest to North Korea through diplomatic routes via China, its top cabinet official said on Sunday, after the isolated state fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast.

Speaking to reporters, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said North Korea’s missile launch, timed to coincide with a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was a clear act of provocation to Japan and the region.

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As Pyongyang’s main diplomatic ally, China is key to any effort to rein in North Korea’s missile programme.

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