Japan to Strengthen Defenses Following North Korean Parade

October 14, 2020



Japan has announced that it will enhance its missile defense system against potential threats from North Korea’s growing missile capabilities. This follows a massive military parade in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on October 10, that saw the unveiling of a new, lengthened intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), as well as improved submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

“In order to respond to threats that are diversifying and complex, we will firmly work to strengthen our comprehensive missile deterrence capability,” said the Japanese government’s chief cabinet secretary, Katsunobu Kato. “We understand that some of those missiles are said to make it difficult for us to respond with our [existing] conventional equipment.”

Japanese media have also reported that the government is looking to finalize a new missile defense plan that would replace the Aegis Ashore System. This was scrapped in June due to the rising costs associated with ensuring that the SM-3 Blk IIA missile’s falling booster section would not endanger the local populace…


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