U.S. ambitions to deploy additional antimissile systems on allied territory in the Asia-Pacific is a response to the danger posed by North Korea and worries over China's evolving military capabilities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The United States is holding talks with Japan on possibly hosting a second long-range radar system in accordance with U.S. efforts to improve missile defenses in the region, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
Japan’s planned ballistic missile defense system is needed to protect the nation from “new types of threat,” but will not lead to an arms race with other Asian countries, Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said Saturday (see GSN, May 25).
South Korea on Thursday denied having intentions of shortly signing a bilateral agreement with Japan that would allow the exchange of intelligence and military information about North Korea, Kyodo News reported.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday called on China to deepen its armed force contacts with the United States to limit the chances of miscommunications that could result in crises, Reuters reported.