Japan does not plan on being caught unprepared for North Korean aggression after three straight weeks of missile testing has the world on watch. In Abu, a small town of 3,400 in Japan’s northwestern corner, 280 schoolchildren and residents filed into designated school buildings on Saturday after hearing sirens ring across the town.
Igniting flashbacks to the Cold War, the drill was the second of its kind since March when Japanese officials instructed local governments to review their nuclear attack contingency plans, and the first since a North Korean missile landed in Japan’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone of the west coast. Similar drills were conducted in other Japanese municipalities and more are planned for Sunday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe subsequently deplored North Korea’s actions publicly after the incident last week.
North Korea on Sunday published a message stating they will flat out reject any sanctions placed on them, and they vow to continue to develop their nuclear program and ballistic missile testing.
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N. Korea makes statement to world about nuclear program