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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned of a possible nuclear strike by North Korea and urged Seoul and Washington to take concrete steps to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
“The situation is so dangerous,” Abe said on Monday, as he unveiled a memorial to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“We are faced with a potential attack by North Korean ballistic missiles.
If they have the capability to hit the South Korean coast, we cannot allow the United States to become a target.”
The prime minister also stressed that “Japan is ready to act militarily” in response to North Korea’s threats, but did not directly address a new US threat to launch nuclear strikes at the Korean peninsula.
“Our goal is to protect our people and our security, and to stop any potential provocation from happening,” Abe told a news conference.
“It’s important for us to be united in the face of the threat from North Korea.”
The two Koreas have been locked in a war of words since the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4 that was later detected by Japan’s spy agency.
South Korea’s defence ministry said the test-launch of the Hwasong-14 ICBM was a “major threat” to the region and the world.
The US has called the launch a “highly provocative” act.
Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has also called for a stronger US response to Pyongyang.
Onodera said on Friday the US and South Korean governments must “come to a consensus” to curb tensions on their shared border.
North Korea is said to be testing a new intercontinental missile capable of reaching the US mainland.
“If we are attacked by North Koreans, the response should be a nuclear strike,” Abe, a nationalist politician, said at a news briefing.
“We will make preparations to act.”
The Japanese government says the H-bomb is the first nuclear weapon ever developed by North America and has been deployed for more than 40 years.