Japan notified India on Monday it was disappointed over the test-firing of a long-range missile the day before while calling on the nuclear power to support global efforts to deal with North Korea.
Toshihisa Takata, deputy director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, conveyed the message at a meeting at the ministry with S.K. Mandal, India’s deputy chief of mission in Tokyo.
According to the ministry, Takata told Mandal that the launching of a nuclear-capable Agni-3 missile goes against disarmament and nonproliferation efforts by the international community and that it was “regrettable.”
“It was especially regrettable that the test was conducted at a time when Japan and others in the international community have been working to secure regional peace and stability over North Korea’s missile launches,” Takata was quoted as saying.
North Korea launched seven missiles last week.
Mandal told Takata that he would convey the message to the Indian government, the ministry said.
The missile, capable of delivering a nuclear warhead over a distance of 3,500 km, was launched from a test center off the coast of Orissa State in eastern India on Sunday but fell into the sea short of the target, according to reports.
A group of countries led by Japan and the U.S. is seeking to have a Japan-led U.N. resolution voted on at the Security Council to level sanctions against North Korea.
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