Japan monitoring North Korea missile activity

TOKYO, Jan 28 (KUNA) — Japan is paying a close attention to North Korea’s possible launch of a long-range ballistic missile and gather information on the development, a government spokesman said Thursday.
“The government is gathering information about the North’s missile program and analyze intelligence on a regular basis with grave concern,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told a press conference.
Earlier in the day, Kyodo News Agency reported that North Korea may be readying to fire a long-range ballistic missile in about a week at the earliest, citing a Japanese government source.
“Japan will continue to engage in intelligence gathering and warning and surveillance with a sense of tension to respond to any situation in coordination with the US, South Korea and other countries,” Hagiuda said.
“We will urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions and to comply with UN Security Council resolutions and the joint statement of the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear program,” the official added, though declined to comment further details. The North last fired long-range ballistic missile in December 2012, calling it a satellite. (end) mk.nfm