Japan’s ambassador to Malaysia has urged the country to join Japan in exerting pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear threats.

Makio Miyagawa said if Malaysia joined efforts to deter North Korea’s “illicit acts”, it could lead to the East Asian country becoming a “proper and good member of the international community”, Channel NewsAsia reported.

“They have been shooting their missiles without getting any approval, and some have already flown over our territory.

“Can you imagine that many missiles flying over Malaysia without any approval from the Malaysian government?” he was quoted as saying.

He added that Japan was in close proximity to North Korea, which put it at risk of being attacked.

Miyagawa was speaking in the wake of North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test. The missile flew about 1,000km and landed in Japan’s maritime Economic Exclusion Zone.

Malaysia has already taken several steps against North Korea.

Two months ago, Wisma Putra banned Malaysian citizens from travelling to North Korea until further notice. Malaysia has also banned imports from North Korea, as part of a global initiative to help defund its nuclear and missile programmes.-FMT

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