According to the Japanese Prime Minister, North Korea may launch missiles with the sarin nerve agent.
North Korea may have capabilities to carry out a missile strike, using warheads with the sarin nerve agent, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during his speech to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Japanese Parliament’s Upper House.
“There is a possibility that North Korea is capable to fill warheads with sarin and carry out a [missile] strike. Of course, the discussion of deterrence measures should depend on the real situation. I think that we should constantly consider different options regarding the steps our country should take,” the NHK broadcaster quoted his words.
However, the statements of the Japanese Prime Minister sound a bit strange, as it is a known fact that North Korea has nuclear capabilities, which the country has repeatedly confirmed. It is obviously that in case of transition to military actions the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will use nuclear weapons, but not chemical. The Abe’s statements sound as an attempt to copy the rhetoric of his Western ally.
The Japanese Prime Minister emphasized that Beijing and Tokyo are looking for peaceful settlement of tensions on the Korean peninsula. He also noted that Japan will closely cooperate with China and Russia on issues of the nuclear and missile programs of North Korea.
“Continuing the close cooperation with the US and South Korea and also interacting with China and Russia and other interested countries, we urge the DPRK to refrain from further provocative actions, comply with resolutions of the UN Security Council and abandon the nuclear and missile programs,” Abe said.
Last week, after another DPRK missile test, the topic of a possible US attack on North Korea was the main issue of discussions in Japan. Remarks of US President Donald Trump that all options for influencing the DPRK were being considered, as well as the subsequent missile strikes on an airbase in Syria and dispatch of the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and a US air strike group to the area of the Korean Peninsula caused concern in Japan. Being an ally of the US, Japan cannot but support any measures, taken by Washington towards North Korea. However, at the same time, Tokyo understands that its territory can inevitably become an object of any acts of retaliation by the DPRK side.
Earlier, it was reported that Japan demanded from the US mandatory preliminary consultations in case of discussions of a possibility of a preemptive strike on North Korea.