Japan govt. to remain vigilant after N.Korea's failed satellite launch

The Japanese government will remain on the alert for a possible launch of a satellite by North Korea.

The North said its latest attempt on Monday to launch a military reconnaissance satellite failed after the rocket carrying it exploded during the first stage of flight.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa condemned the launch. He said, "A series of North Korean actions, including repeated missile launches, threaten the peace and security of our country, the region and the international community."

He said the launch violates relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and is a serious issue that concerns the safety of the Japanese people.

The Japanese government plans to keep taking steps to prepare for further provocations. The measures include the continued deployment of PAC-3 interceptor missile units in Okinawa Prefecture's Sakishima Islands.

The launch window notified by Pyongyang lasts through June 3. The North had also announced plans for three more military reconnaissance satellite launches this year.

Japan's Defense Ministry says it will study data from the latest launch and analyze how it could affect the North's future plans.