Japan Demands North Korea Cancel Satellite Rocket Launch, Spokesperson Says

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Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi attends a press conference at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan December 14, 2023.

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi, the country’s top government spokesperson, said on Monday Tokyo had demanded via diplomatic channels in Beijing that North Korea cancel its planned satellite rocket launch.

North Korea notified Japan of its plan to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite towards the Yellow Sea and east of Luzon Island between May 27 and June 4, the Japan Coast Guard said earlier in the day.