TOKYO Feb 12 Japan will make a strong protest
to North Korea through diplomatic routes via China, its top
cabinet official said on Sunday, after the isolated state fired
a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast.
Speaking to reporters, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide
Suga said North Korea's missile launch, timed to coincide with a
summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe, was a clear act of provocation to Japan and
As Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally, China is key to any
effort to rein in North Korea's missile programme.
(Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)