During his official visit to Japan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged North Korea’s progress in the range of its missiles, but felt that, in the face of the threat, NATO was ready to respond.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has acknowledged that the European continent is well within the range of North Korea’s missiles, according to an article on Yomiuri Online’s Japanese website on October 29, 2017.
“Europe is also within the range of missiles of North Korea […] We confirm that NATO members are already in danger,” he warned. “NATO has [until now] protected its members from the ballistic missile threat through deterrence,” Jens Stoltenberg said, adding that additional diplomatic efforts were needed to defuse the crisis.
In another interview, the NATO leader, however, was firmer. “NATO has the ability to ward off and respond to any threat from any aggressor,” he said on Oct. 29, as reported by Japan’s Jiji Press .
Close links between NATO and Japan
Jens Stoltengerg’s statements, both alarmist and reassuring, were on the eve of his trip to Japan on October 30 and 31 to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while Japan is at the forefront of military trials. north Korean. “We are as concerned as you are about the provocative and reckless behavior of North Korea,” AFP quoted Jens Stoltenberg as saying.
— RT France (@RTenfrancais) October 28, 2017
Pyongyang recently conducted a sixth nuclear test and tested several long-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching US shores. In less than a month, two of these missiles flew over northern Japan. The archipelago, although not a member of NATO, enjoys the status of “major ally outside NATO”, according to the term consecrated.