Thursday, 10 August 2017

We will shoot down any missile from North Korea – Japan

The Japanese government has said it would shoot down any missiles from North Korea before they reach the U.S. territory peradventure the regime carries out its threat of attacking Guam, a US border military Base.

The statement came through the country’s defense minister, Itsunori Onodera during a session of the National Diet, Japan’s parliament, who said, in such a scenario where North Korea strikes a US territory, Japan has the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system.

Onodera said, “Any attack against Guam would be considered an existential threat to Japan” – a provision enshrined in a mutual defense agreement with the United States.

Onodera’s statement seems to confirm flying rumours Japan is growing interest in reviving its military and taking a more aggressive stance in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region than it has since the end of World War II.

The statement also connotes the activation of Japan’s resolve to shoot down North Korean missiles only if they were directed toward Japan, where it enacted a new defense policy, allowing its military to defend U.S. territories and other allies against attack.

Meanwhile, Japanese cities have started to exercise evacuation drills in preparation for a possible eventual missile attack.

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