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U.S., Japan start consultations on deployment of mid-range missiles

  • October 22, 2019
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Tuesday’s Asahi reported on the disclosure by an unnamed senior U.S. military official on Monday that discussions have begun between the USG and the GOJ on the Pentagon’s plan to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missile in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the source, a high-ranking USG official visited Tokyo last week to exchange views on the matter with officials from MOFA, MOD, and the National Security Secretariat. The article added that it is uncertain whether the USG official mentioned the idea of basing missiles in Japan during the talks.


According to the article, the same U.S. military source reportedly welcomed Japan’s plan to deploy an MSDF warship in the Middle East for maritime security operations independent of the U.S.-led coalition by saying: “We are confident that Japan will make contributions to the peace and stability of dangerous areas in the world.”

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