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Kishida hints at operation to retrieve DPRK missiles in Sea of Japan

Nikkei highlighted remarks made at the Diet earlier today by Prime Minister Kishida, who suggested that Japan may try to recover from the Sea of Japan the debris of missiles launched last month by North Korea. “Successful retrieval might enable us to obtain technical data on DPRK projectiles,” the premier was quoted as saying. “We will decide whether or not to launch such an operation while taking into consideration various factors, such as the sea currents at impact points.” Defense Minister Kishi said separately that an SDF surveillance ship has been deployed to the impact locations to assess the feasibility of retrieval operations. “It is possible that the missiles broke into pieces due to the impact of splashdown at high speed. We have not been able to recover them for various reasons.”

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