Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told parliament today that North Korea’s missile launch today was intolerable and an act of provocation. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura says the government will be seeking U.N. action on the grounds that by using ballistic missile technology, Pyongyang has broken U.N. sanctions. The spokesman also continued that Japan will be relying on cooperation from its allies the United States and South Korea, as well as Russia and China to encourage the U.N. Security Council to respond.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos and Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka have spoken over the phone and agreed to work together on the issue at hand. Japan has also asked the U.S., as current rotating council president, to call a U.N. Security Council meeting. A council diplomat has said that a meeting has been scheduled for Friday morning in New York to discuss a response to North Korea’s actions.
It is clear that Japan’s wishes are for a strong resolution, but as Japan is not one of the 10 non-permanent members of the security council this year, it’s not yet known what type of response might actually be agreed upon. The governments of Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. were all in agreement leading up to the launch on preparations and how to prevent any harm to the nations around the missile’s flight path. North Korea did launch the missile at 7:39 AM local time this morning, but it has been declared a “failure” as it crashed into the ocean.