Japan plans new defence systems to protect against North Korea

Japan plans new defence systems to protect against North Korea

Japan plans new defence systems to protect against North Korea

Mr Onodera said North Korea has plans to launch ballistic missiles to the waters close to Guam, and it is also advancing on their efforts to launch ICBM-class ballistic missiles, miniaturising nuclear weapons to warheads.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera is expected to explain the plans to the USA government during his current visit to Washington with Foreign Minister Taro Kono for talks with their United States counterparts on Thursday.

"You've heard the words, you've seen the videos that they have produced", Tillerson said of North Korean threats to destroy the United States with nuclear weapons.

The U.S. and Japanese defense chiefs and top diplomats were meeting in Washington Thursday to discuss North Korea amid mixed messages from the Trump administration on how to deal with the nuclear and missile threat. After U.S. President Donald Trump warned the military was "locked and loaded", North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suspended the plan Tuesday.

Still, Tillerson held out the possibility of talks with Pyongyang.

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The Japanese Defence Ministry plans to introduce a land-based Aegis missile defence system to address North Korea's missile threats, having made a decision to seek funding in the next financial year to cover the system design costs, a government source said on Wednesday.

The posters released by KCNA, Pyongyang's state sponsored media outlet, show North Korean Missiles destroying the US capital building in Washington DC, as dozens of other locations are on fire all throughout the continental United States.

North Korea has fired 18 missiles during 12 tests since February, improving its technology with each launch.

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Aegis Ashore uses the same components fitted to MSDF Aegis destroyers, but the system is land-based.

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The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises. The introduction of the new system will strengthen Japan's missile defence, according to a ministry source, but some critics say it could increase tension in the surrounding region.

Asked what would happen if North Korea followed through on a threat to launch missiles toward the United States or its allies, Mattis replied succinctly.

"I think highly of President Trump's commitment toward the security of allies", said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a 30-minute phone call with the USA leader, the ninth time the two have spoken by telephone since Mr Trump was inaugurated in January.

Japan is a key USA ally and potential target of North Korean aggression.

Easing tensions this week, North Korean media announced that Kim delayed a decision on firing four missiles toward Guam, home to a U.S. air base and Navy facility.

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