Japan taking steps to respond to Korean crisis

By: 
The Associated Press

Japan says it is maintaining high levels of surveillance and taking "every possible measure" to respond to any contingency on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea is warning of war and more nuclear tests.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry declined to comment on specific parts of an Associated Press interview with North Korea's Vice Minister Han Song Ryol, who on Friday said his country will conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leadership sees fit. The U.S. says it is considering military action if that happens.

The Foreign Ministry says Japan is coordinating with the U.S., South Korea and other countries and will continue efforts to convince North Korea to refrain from further provocations and comply with U.N. resolutions banning Pyongyang's missile technology development.

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