Abe calls on N. Korea to abandon planned satellite launch

February 3, 2016 12:07 pm 

TOKYO, Feb. 3 — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called on North Korea to abandon its plan to launch an earth observation satellite later this month, condemning it as de facto test of a long-range ballistic missile.

"Forcibly carrying out a launch would be in clear defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions" and "a grave act of provocation toward Japan's security," Abe said during a Diet committee session.

Japan has lodged a protest with North Korea against Pyongyang's satellite launch plan through diplomatic channels, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the Diet committee. Japan has no diplomatic ties with North Korea. (PNA/Kyodo)

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