Japan’s Abe announces snap elections for next month

Rashid Umar Abbasi | Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the “Investment Opportunities in Japan: Toward the New Asia-Pacific Era” meeting, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 19, 2016.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said his decision to call a snap election would not distract his government from responding to North Korean threats, pledging to increase pressure if Pyongyang failed to halt its missile and nuclear weapons development.

North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles and tested what was likely a hydrogen bomb in the past several weeks raising tension in East Asia.

Abe spoke at a press conference to announce his plan to dissolve parliament on Thursday and call a snap election.

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