Japan: North Korea threat to sink Japan is ‘outrageous’

By on September 14, 2017


TOKYO, Japan (April 5, 2013) U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Joint Press Announcement of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan, with (from left) Major General Andrew W. O'Donnell, Jr., Deputy Commander of the United States Forces, Japan, Assistant Secretary of Defense Mark W. Lippert, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, and Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera [State Department photo by William Ng (Photo By US Government - This file has been extracted from another file: Joint Press Announcement of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan.jpg)
TOKYO, Japan (April 5, 2013) Joint Press Announcement of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga[State Department photo by William Ng (Photo By US Government – This file has been extracted from another file: Joint Press Announcement of the Okinawa Consolidation Plan.jpg)
TOKYO — Japan’s top government spokesman has called a North Korean threat to sink Japan with a nuclear bomb extremely provocative and outrageous.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that the statement distributed by North Korea’s state news service “significantly escalates tensions in the region.”

The statement from a group called the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee attacked the United States for leading a push for stronger U.N. sanctions against North Korea, as well as Japan for joining the U.S. campaign.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions Monday following North Korea’s sixth and strongest nuclear test on Sept. 3. Although not as tough as what the U.S. had sought, the sanctions are expected to have a significant impact.