Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida told reporters in Brussels on Thursday that North Korea's missile launch is "an unforgivable outrage" and that he condemns the action, APA reports citing Teletrader.
In response to the situation, Kishida gave instructions that will ensure the safety of Japan and its people. He plans to hold a meeting of the National Security Council as soon as possible. Kishida added he hopes to discuss the matter with the United States and South Korea at the Group of Seven (G7) and respond to North Korea with proper sanctions.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the missile North Korea launched fell into the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Sea of Japan near the Oshima Peninsula in Hokkaido on Thursday afternoon. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that "It is considered to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) class."