"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Press Conference by Prime Minister Kishida regarding the Ballistic Missile Launch by North Korea

[Date] February 20, 2023
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

(On North Korea's launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the Government's response)

As the Ministry of Defense announced a short while ago, North Korea launched short-range ballistic missiles and I was also briefed on this matter. The latest missile launches by North Korea follow that of an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile)-class ballistic missile the day before yesterday, and we have requested that an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council be convened. We remain committed to gathering intelligence, as well as to ensuring vigilance and surveillance, while also working in even deeper collaboration between Japan and the U.S., as well as among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK.