N Korea warns Japan of ‘real’ ballistic missile
Seoul, South Korea - North Korea on Saturday warned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he could soon see a ‘real ballistic missile’ as the latter criticised the North’s latest test.
The condemnation comes two days after the isolated state tested what it called a ‘superlarge multiple launch rocket system’, with South Korea reporting that two projectiles came down in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
In the wake of the launch, which was supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jongun, Abe termed the fired weapons ‘ballistic missiles’ that violated UN resolutions.
Abe ‘fails to distinguish a missile from multiple launch rocket system while seeing the photoaccompanied report’, a Foreign Ministry official said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA. ‘Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose...’, it added. It was best for the North to avoid dealing with Abe, the official went on.
The Saturday’s criticism of the Japanese leader is the second of its kind by Pyongyang this month. The North had warned Abe that he would never set foot in Pyongyang after he condemned the North’s weapons test days earlier.
Pyongyang is under multiple sets of international sanctions over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes, which it says it needs to defend against a possible US invasion.
Nuclear negotiations between the US and the North have been at a standstill since the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jongun broke up in February, and Pyongyang has since demanded the US change its approach.
It is best for the North to avoid dealing with [Shinzo] Abe
This undated photo released by North Korea on Friday shows the test-fire of a super-large multiple launch rocket system