Friday, September 17, 2021

US to sell missiles to Japan to strengthen defense against North Korea

A handout photo made available by the US Department of Defence shows the first of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test at an undisclosed location in the USA, 10 September 2013. China on 10 March 2017 asked the South Korean government to stop deploying THAAD system from the US to South Korea. EFE

Washington DC, Jan 9 (EFE).- The US Department of State on Tuesday approved the sale of missiles worth $133.3 million to Japan, saying that it will serve to reinforce the Asian country’s defense against the ballistic missile threat from North Korea.

The consignment, which must still be approved by Congress, includes the sales of four missiles for the SM-3 interceptor Block IIA system and four MK29 launchers, in addition to the provision of technical and operational support by the US.

The sale would also “follow through on President (Donald) Trump’s commitment to provide additional defensive capabilities to treaty allies” threatened by North Korea’s “provocative behavior,” a State Department official said in a statement.

According to the statement, Japan will be able to strengthen its missile defense system with these weapons and the security of the US facilities in the region will thus also be increased.

According to the latest official data released by the US State Department, in 2016 Congress authorized the sale of weapons to Japan worth $7.995 billion.