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Upper house adopts resolution in protest at N. Korea's ICBM launch

The National Diet Building (Mainichi)

The House of Councillors adopted a resolution on Dec. 4 in protest at North Korea for its launch of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Nov. 29.

    The resolution, which the upper chamber unanimously passed at a plenary session on Dec. 4, states that the missile launch "has posed an unprecedentedly grave and imminent threat and badly damages peace and security in the region and the international community."

    The resolution also points out that Pyongyang's repeated nuclear tests and missile launches "show North Korea's intention to press ahead with nuclear and missile development." It then condemns the North for these acts, which it says are "totally intolerable as they constitute outright provocations to the international community."

    The resolution also urges the executive branch of the Japanese government to "call on other countries to fully implement sanctions under the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions," as well as to "force North Korea to change its way of thinking, draw the country into meaningful negotiations and pursue a peaceful resolution through diplomatic efforts."

    The House of Representatives is also poised to adopt a similar resolution at a plenary session on Dec. 5.

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