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Japan: North Korea Threat Requires 'Unmistakable' Response

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 10:11 AM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the threat from North Korea's repeated missile and nuclear tests requires an “unmistakable” response.

During an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Abe said the threat from North Korea is “substantially more serious” than in the past, and requires an “entirely distinct” response, Reuters reported.

In this year alone, North Korea launched 21 ballistic missiles and has conducted two nuclear tests, with the most recent test coming in early September, Abe pointed out, adding that the U.N. Security Council should “indicate an unmistakable attitude to this threat.”

Several of these ballistic missiles have reached waters within Japan’s economic zone, which is located 200 miles from its coast, CNN reported.

“It is purely a matter of good fortune that no commercial aircraft or ships suffered any damage during this incident,” Abe said, according to CNN. “There is no alternative but to say that the threat has now reached a dimension altogether different from what has transpired until now.”

“We must therefore respond to this in a manner entirely distinct from our responses thus far. We must concentrate our strengths and thwart North Korea’s plans,” Abe added. He said Japan would lead Security Council discussions.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spoke on Wednesday as well, calling for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the revival of dialogue with Pyongyang, CNN reported.

“Only development can guarantee fundamental rights and interests; only development can advance human civilization and progress,” Keqiang said, according to the U.N. News Service. He stressed that this kind of development has to be broadly sustainable.

China, North Korea’s only real ally, has been known to lobby against Pyongyang’s nuclear program, CNN noted.

Li met with President Barack Obama this week to discuss boosting cooperation on North Korea, according to CNN.

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