Tokyo has cautioned that North Korea remains a serious threat to Japan’s security and stressed the need for installing two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore land-based ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems in the country in its Defense of Japan 2018 White Paper.
“Since 2016 North Korea has willfully conducted three nuclear tests and launched as many as 40 ballistic missiles. These military trends … pose an unprecedentedly serious and imminent threat to Japan’s security, and significantly damage the peace and security of the region and the international community,” states the White Paper, which was released by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo on 28 August.
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