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Kishida orders Japan NSC to weigh strike capability after North Korean launch

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks with reporters about North Korea's latest missile launch on Oct. 19. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's National Security Council will consider having the country secure the capability to strike enemy missile bases in response to an imminent attack, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday after the group met to discuss North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch.

"We reaffirmed that we will consider all possible options, including enemy base strike capabilities," in a planned update of Japan's national security strategy, Kishida told reporters.

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