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Russian source alleges that U.S. intends to deploy new mid-range missiles in Japan

  • October 3, 2019
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Ryukyu Shimpo led with a report claiming that a source connected to the Russian Presidential Office told the paper that in response to the termination of the INF Treaty with Russia on Aug. 2, the United States is allegedly planning to deploy a large number of new intermediate-range missiles in Okinawa and mainland Japan, including Hokkaido, in two years. The paper wrote that the Russian source told the paper that the U.S. side provided the information during backroom talks between the two nations. According to the source, the United States is allegedly planning to discuss the matter with Japan and is aiming to deploy the missiles from late 2020 through 2021. The paper claimed that if the missiles are actually deployed in Okinawa, the function of the U.S. bases in the prefecture will be strengthened, the base-hosting burden on Okinawa will drastically increase, and the risk of Okinawa being involved in a nuclear war will grow.

 

The paper wrote that the Department of State responded to the paper’s inquiry by saying it should contact the Department of Defense. The Pentagon has reportedly not responded yet.

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