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Japan PM Says North Korea Missile Launch 'Unforgivable', Threat to Security

Representative image (Reuters)

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said North Korea's latest missile launch was "unforgivable" and posed a grave threat to Japan's security, adding his government had lodged a stern protest against its isolated neighbour.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said North Korea's latest missile launch was "unforgivable" and posed a grave threat to Japan's security, adding his government had lodged a stern protest against its isolated neighbour.

"This poses a grave threat to Japan's security, and is an unforgivable act that damages regional peace and stability markedly," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's residence.

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast early on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, the latest in a string of missile launches in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

first published:August 24, 2016, 08:56 IST