Pope and Japanese Prime Minister discuss nuclear weapons after North Korean missiles launch into the Sea of ​​Japan

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met Pope francesco In a private conversation on Wednesday, a ballistic missile was launched into the Sea of ​​Japan on the same day.

World leaders met for about half an hour in the Vatican, spending most of their time discussing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Pope Francis, a staunch opponent of nuclear weapons, has previously expressed sympathy for the island nation’s history with the issue. The meeting also marked the important milestone of 80 years between Japan and the Holy See.

“During the cordial talks in the Secretariat of State, satisfaction was expressed for the bilateral collaboration, evocative of the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In this context, the contribution of the Catholic Church in many sectors of Japanese society was noted and appreciated ”, the Holy See said in a statement.


“Attention then shifted to international issues, with particular attention to the war in Ukraine, underlining the urgency of dialogue and peace and expressing the hope, to this end, for a world free from nuclear weapons”, he continues. the press release. Details of their discussion were not provided.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the Sea of ​​Japan on Wednesday, according to reports. The Japanese Ministry of Defense and the South Korean Army confirmed the launches, South KoreaThe Yonhap news agency and the Japan Times reported local time Wednesday afternoon.

FILE - Pope Francis pronounces the Christmas blessing Urbi et Orbi from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, Saturday December 12 25, 2021.

FILE – Pope Francis pronounces the Christmas blessing Urbi et Orbi from the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Saturday December 12 25, 2021.
(Photo AP / Gregorio Borgia)

“Our military is monitoring and monitoring related movements and maintaining a position of readiness,” South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff told reporters, according to Yonhap. The launch reportedly came from the Pyongyang area a few minutes after 12.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un he recently warned that he would use nuclear weapons “preemptively” if threatened. The dictator recently chaired another massive military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean Revolutionary Army.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un observes an honor guard before his departure for North Korea at the railway station in Vladivostok, Russia on Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim said the summit will be a point of departure for productive talks on cooperation, Vesti TV reported in an interview.
(Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg via Getty Images)


Kim is committed to developing nuclear weapons at the “fastest speed possible,” according to its state media. It is feared that the North Korean dictator will use the opportunity to unleash a new nuclear test to ruin President Biden’s upcoming summit on May 21 in South Korea, just days after the country’s new leader takes the helm next week.