Comment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the Adoption of a Resolution by the United Nations Security Council on the Launch of the Missile by North Korea, which it calls a "satellite"

January 23, 2013

  1. Japan highly appreciates the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution, condemning as a violation of relevant Security Council resolutions the launch of the missile by North Korea on December 12, 2012, which it calls a "satellite", and deciding on measures to strengthen sanctions. Japan has been working toward the firm response by the Security Council, in close coordination with the Unites States and other countries concerned. Japan welcomes the adoption of the Security Council resolution which reflects many of our views.
  2. Japan will, in coordination with other countries, take appropriate measures so that the resolution will be implemented effectively. Japan strongly urges North Korea to heed the firm message of the international community seriously and comply faithfully and fully with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and not to conduct any further provocative acts including further launches and nuclear tests. Japan is resolved to continue to make active efforts, in close coordination with the international community, for the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea, including abductions, nuclear and missile issues.

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