Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who is on an official visit to Brunei, said his country is committed to working closely with the United States and South Korea to combat the DPRK’s nuclear missile program. He is convinced that North Korea will not abandon nuclear weapons development.
The fear of the Japanese side is understandable - the DPRK shows that it is able to strike not only in South Korea, but also in Japan. So, in August 2017, the DPRK launched a medium-range ballistic missile Hwason-12, which flew over part of Japanese territory and fell into the sea near the island of Hokkaido. This was the second (since 1998) launch of a North Korean rocket over Japanese territory.
Although the Japanese missile defense forces did not try to shoot down the missile, Tokyo expressed then great concern. But the main goal of the DPRK in case of conflict is American bases on the Japanese islands.
As long as the United States maintains a military presence in Japan, the danger of missile attacks on the country in the event of a conflict between the DPRK and the United States will remain. Since the Japanese authorities do not withdraw US troops from the country, the only thing left is to strengthen missile defense.
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