Press Conference

Press Conference by the Defense Minister (10:08-10:09 A.M. April 13, 2012)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister
Time & Date:10:08-10:09 A.M. April 13, 2012
Place: 1st Floor Lobby of Building A, Ministry of Defense (MOD)
(This is a provisional translation of an announcement by the Defense Minister and the Q&A session at the subsequent press conference for reference purposes only)
The original text is in Japanese.

1. Announcements


2. Questions and Answers

Please brief us on the current situation.

Regarding the details, we are still in the process of analyzing this. What I have mentioned earlier in the press conference at the MOD is all that we have for now. However, we will continue on in our analysis of the situation, and would like to inform everyone at the earliest opportunity.

Can we assume that the missile launch by North Korea was a failure?

Based on the information that I have been receiving, it is safe to assume with high probability that it was a failure.

It broke apart in mid-air after one minute, and fell into the sea?

That is correct.