Abe (pronounced Ah bay) gave a brief TV address on Monday. "As we agreed at the recent G7," he began in perfect Japanese, "the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community," Reuters reported.
"Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea."
Pyongyang tested a Scud ballistic missile off its eastern coast at 4:40 p.m. ET. The short-range missile flew for six minutes and plunged into the Sea of Japan.
"We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form," said Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in a statement.
The latest was the third missile test the hermit nation conducted in a month. Chubby leader Kim Jong-un vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching U.S. territory, while it seems that most college students don't care or even know why we celebrate Memorial Day in the U.S.
Russia and China condemned Sunday's missile test, both calling for restraint, but it was done tongue-in-cheek and said half-heartedly.
The U.S. military announced Friday that it's going to launch the first-of-its-kind missile intercept test this week. A custom-made missile will be launched from the Marshall Island and an interceptor missile (or anti-missile-missile) launched from a California base, will aim to shoot it down in space.