31 Mar '17, 9pm

Japan considers missiles to deter N. Korea, strengthen US alliance - Pacific - Stripes

Japan considers missiles to deter N. Korea, strengthen US alliance - Pacific - Stripes

Japan’s ruling party is considering for the first time a missile counterstrike capability that could complement U.S. efforts to deter North Korea, despite opposition concerns over the proposal’s legality under Japan’s pacifist constitution. A Liberal Democratic Party defense panel said Wednesday that Japan should consider purchasing cruise missiles, along with stronger missile-defense measures, “to further improve deterrence and response as part of the Japan-U.S. alliance." Missiles could not legally be used in a pre-emptive or first strike, the panel said. They would be used only after a foreign attack, which would keep their deployment within the bounds of the nation’s defense-oriented policy, the panel said. However, cruise missiles are typically viewed as offensive weapons, which Japan has avoided purchasing since its U.S.-approved, post-World War II constitution barre...

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