Japan claims North Korea possesses several hundred ballistic missiles that are able to reach Japan.
It's also emphasizing that the regime poses a grave and imminent threat not only to the region, but to the international community as a whole.
These remarks coming Monday from Japan's Defense chief who was answering questions at the Lower House's budget commission session.
The minister said the North continues to develop ballistic missiles at a fast pace including those with irregular flight paths which are harder to intercept.
This supports what Japan stated in its Defense White Paper in July that the North has several hundred medium-range Rodong missiles and shorter Scud extended range ballistic missiles.