Japan Protests the Launch of Flying Object by North Korea

April 5, 2009

 This afternoon at around 12:30pm the Government of Japan sent the following protest to North Korea through the “embassy route” in Beijing concerning the launch of a flying object by North Korea earlier today.

  1. Regardless of what the intended objective was, the fact that North Korea proceeded with the launch violates the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration. The launch is also incompatible with the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. Moreover, it is a threat to the peace and stability of the region, and directly impacts the security of Japan. Japan strongly protests against and deplores the fact that North Korea carried out the launch despite efforts by the countries concerned including Japan.
  2. Japan demands the complete and immediate implementation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions beginning with the suspension of all activities related to its ballistic missile program. In addition, using this opportunity, Japan strongly urges North Korea to take concrete actions towards the comprehensive resolution of the outstanding issues of concern including the abduction, nuclear and missile issues.