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The Security Council Presidential Statement concerning the ballistic missile launch and other activities by North Korea
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)

August 30, 2017

1. In the early morning of August 30 (afternoon of August 29 local time), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a Presidential Statement which strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea on August 29 that flew over Japan. The Government of Japan appreciates that the UNSC sent a clear message to North Korea in a unified manner.

2. It is totally unacceptable that North Korea has launched a ballistic missile that flew over Japan. The launch poses an unprecedented, grave and serious threat to the security of the region, including Japan, and the international community as a whole.

3. The countries concerned including Japan and the international community have repeatedly urged North Korea to fully comply with the relevant UNSC resolutions and among others, condemned its repeated provocative actions including nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, and urged it to abandon its nuclear and missile development programs.

4. Japan will seriously consider further actions in close collaboration with the United States and the Republic of Korea, from the perspective of further increasing pressure, including pursuit of a new UNSC resolution, on North Korea in the most effective manner towards the comprehensive resolution of the outstanding issues of concern.

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