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