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Iwaya announces MSDF’s participation in joint drill

  • February 24, 2019
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on Feb. 23 that the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) would participate in a joint maritime drill to be held in waters off Busan from April 29 to May 2. The drill will coincide with an expanded working-level meeting of defense ministers of ASEAN members (ADMM-Plus). On the other hand, South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense on Feb. 22 said that the MSDF would not participate in the drill, leaving Japan puzzled.


After visiting the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Camp Ainoura in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Iwaya told reporters, “MSDF vessels would not enter the port of Busan, but they will take part in all of the rest of the program.” He added, “I want to promote defense cooperation with South Korea by making appropriate decisions.”


A senior official of Japan’s Ministry of Defense also denied South Korea’s Feb. 22 announcement, saying, “There is no benefit for Japan if we do not participate in the multinational exercise.”


South Korea’s defense ministry has explained that it had agreed to the MSDF’s intention not to participate during Japan-South Korea working-levels talks held in Busan on Feb. 21 and 22.

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