Tuesday, June 18, 2024
spot_img

Japan preparing for unexpected after Kim’s death

Date:

Share post:

spot_img
spot_img

TOKYO: Japan scurried to prepare for the unexpected on Monday after news that Kim Jong-il, the leader of its unpredictable neighbour North Korea, had died of a heart attack.

“I’ve issued three orders, which are to strengthen our intelligence gathering capability, to cooperate with officials from the United States, South Korea and China, and to be prepared for the unexpected,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters.

“We cannot allow Kim’s death to harm peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”

Ministers at a security meeting earlier on Monday reached no conclusion on whether to raise the level of alert for Japan’s military.

Still, the government faces a tense end to the year as Noda prepares to visit China and complete important policies for the domestic economy, which include the budget for the fiscal year from next April and tax increases to cover welfare spending.

“I ordered each division within the ministry to do their utmost in information gathering and in staying vigilant and watchful,” a Defence Ministry spokesman quoted Defence Minister Yasuo Ichikawa as saying. (Reuters)

spot_img
spot_img

Related articles

More rain in NE states till June 22, warns Met office 

Guwahati, June 18: The Met office has forecast isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over the Northeastern states...

India’s net direct tax collections surge by 21 pc in FY25

  New Delhi, June 18:  India’s net direct tax collections have shot up by a robust 20.99 per cent...

PM-KISAN scheme: Over 3 lakh benefitted so far, know about world’s largest DBT scheme

  New Delhi, June 18:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to release the 17th installment of PM-KISAN scheme...

CII urges govt to leave corporate tax rates at current levels in Budget 2024-25

  New Delhi, June 18: Apex business chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has in its wish list for...