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Japan lodges protest over DPRK's missile launch

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 10:32, March 18, 2016

TOKYO, March 18 -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that his country has lodged protest to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its ballistic missile firing earlier this morning, saying the move violated UN Security Council resolutions.

The Defense Ministry here said that the DPRK fired a missile into the Sea of Japan at around 5:54 a.m. local time Friday, adding that there are no reports on damage and casualties in Japanese territories.

Japan convened its national security council immediately after the missile firing and instructed relevant government ministries to work with South Korea and United States to collect and analyze information related to the firing.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded the DPRK exercise self-restraint, according to local report.

The DPRK fired several short-range or medium-range missiles after the UN Security Council earlier this month adopted a new resolution including imposing sanctions over DPRK's nuclear and rocket tests.

Japan also unilaterally imposed new sanctions and revived some lifted restriction on the DPRK over its first hydrogen bomb test and rocket launch earlier this year.

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