Japan vows to prepare for new scenario with North Korea
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed his country's readiness for what he called a "new scenario" with North Korea.
"Tokyo will take measures to enhance its security as the situation escalates around North Korea," Abe said in a speech to parliament.
"With the escalation around North Korea, and to be prepared for any scenario for the development of events, we will take concrete action based on the strong Japan-US alliance. We will strengthen the defense of our country, starting with missile defense measures, and we will do everything in our power to protect the peaceful life of our people. "
The security issues topped Abe's speech, in which he disclosed the details of his program, in which he spoke on economic, social and other issues.
Abe's speech comes after the Liberal Democratic Party won the last parliamentary election last month. As leader of the winning party, Abe retained the post of prime minister.
On September 3, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen destroyer head for use in intercontinental ballistic missiles. One week earlier, a ballistic missile was fired over Japan.
In response, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea, severely limiting Pyongyang's export and import capabilities. Council resolution 2375 provides for the imposition of a sanctions regime that is the most severe by the international community in the twenty-first century.