‘Ja­pan must ready for North Korea’

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Toronto: Ja­pan’s am­bas­sador to Canada says North Korea’s nu­clear test on Fri­day was a “clear vi­o­la­tion” of United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions and that Ja­pan has to be pre­pared for mil­i­tary ac­tion if nec­es­sary.

The lat­est det­o­na­tion -- the coun­try’s sec­ond in eight months -- has height­ened con­cerns that North Korea is build­ing lighter, smaller nu­clear weapons ca­pa­ble of be­ing mounted on mis­siles and strik­ing as far away as North Amer­ica’s west coast. Speak­ing to CTV’s Power Play on Fri­day, Ken­jiro Monji said Ja­pan sup­ports a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion but has taken steps to de­fend it­self, in­clud­ing the use of mis­sile de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties. “We al­ready have a cur­rent mis­sile de­fence sys­tem with the United States and on our own, so I think that … plays a very im­por­tant role,” Mr Monji said. “We should be ready to de­fend our­selves.” CTV

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