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3. Abe denounces N. Korea's latest missile launch

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, calling it an unforgivable act.

Abe told reporters that a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM, was fired into Japan's air defense identification zone early Wednesday for the first time ever. He said this poses a grave threat to Japan's security, and seriously harms peace and stability in the region.

The Prime Minister added that the missile launch clearly violates UN Security Council resolutions. He said Japan has lodged a strong protest with Pyongyang.

Abe said Japan will work closely with the international community, including the United States and South Korea, to respond firmly to the matter.
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