Japan, US Conduct Live-Fire Drill Amid Escalating Regional Tension

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A man walks in front of a monitor showing news of a fresh North Korea threat. Tokyo Japan. Aug. 10 2017

Abe also stressed that the government is seeking to put more pressure on North Korea to stop its ballistic missile firing in cooperation with the United States and South Korea as well as China and Russian Federation. He said Japan can legally intercept any missile that flies over its territory that could threaten its ally, the United States, under its principle of collective self-defence.

"I am furious about the threat from North Korea", said Katsuhiko Ikeda, 78.

The spokesman denied any link between the drill and recent regional tension over North Korea.

In photos released with the KCNA report, Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map showing a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, flying over Japan towards Guam.

"This is not conducted with a particular country or region in mind", he said. The risk, the article said, was that if any United States attempts at interception were to fail, it will raise doubts over its missile defences in the eyes of its allies. Following the statement, Pyongyang said it considered an attack near the Pacific island of Guam, where several United States military bases are located.

"I'm reading between the lines that I don't see an imminent threat", Guam Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio told a media briefing in the island's capital of Hagatna.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday the government's utmost efforts to ensure the safety of residents in four western Japan prefectures over which North Korea recently said its missiles could fly en route to waters off the USA territory of Guam.

Japan's Minister of Defence, Itsunori Onodera, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono, travel to the U.S. capital this week for "two-plus-two" meetings with Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Japanese government announced on Tuesday.

The parties involved should "make a correct judgment and wise choice by taking a responsible attitude toward history and people", Wang said, according to a statement on the Chinese foreign ministry's website.

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