September 15, 2015 / 1:37 AM / 3 years ago

Japan urges North Korea to refrain from provocative action

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan urged North Korea on Tuesday to refrain from taking provocative action and to continue cooperation with the United States and South Korea.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (C) is surrounded by reporters as he holds an emergency news conference following the eruption of a volcano in southern Japan, at prime minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo May 29, 2015. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese government’s top spokesman, told a news conference that North Korea should also comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korea’s space agency is readying a new satellite for launch, state media said on Monday, and also suggested Pyongyang would fire a long-range rocket around the time of a national anniversary next month.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko

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