Nato chief calls N. Ko­rea ‘global threat’ dur­ing Ja­pan visit

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD - /AFP /AFP

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has called North Ko­rea a “global threat” as he ex­pressed sup­port to tighter sanc­tions against it dur­ing a visit to Ja­pan, which has been tar­geted by Py­ongyang’s provo­ca­tions.

Stoltenberg is in Tokyo to meet Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and other se­nior of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing de­fense min­is­ter It­sunori On­odera, on Mon­day.

“We are as con­cerned as you are about the provoca­tive, reck­less be­hav­ior from North Ko­rea,” he said in a speech to a group of se­cu­rity ex­perts and de­fense of­fi­cials.

“It is re­ally dan­ger­ous. it poses a di­rect threat to coun­tries in this re­gion (in­clud­ing) Ja­pan, but it is also a global threat,” he added.

Py­ongyang has sparked global alarm in re­cent months by con­duct­ing its sixth nu­clear test and test­launch­ing mis­siles ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the US main­land, while US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Ko­rea’s young ruler Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and per­sonal in­sults.

North Ko­rea fired two pro­jec­tiles over north­ern Ja­pan in less than a month, ring­ing alarm bells in Tokyo as Abe called for a get-tough ap­pro a ch to­wards Py­ongyang.

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