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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Shinzo Abe vows to defend Japan against North Korea 'threats'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to reassure his country as tough talk from U.S. President Donald Trump on North Korea and Pyongyang's escalating threats draw concerns of a possible military conflict.


Abe said Tokyo will "protect the peaceful lives of citizens in any situation" during a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, NHK reported.

Trump's order of a missile strike on Syria, a move that openly received Abe's support, may have also left many Japanese increasingly anxious about a conflict in their region, according to a recent Japanese survey.

Tensions have risen since Trump reportedly told Abe that all options are "on the table" following North Korea's most recent provocation: a failed missile launch, described by the Japanese prime minister as a "dangerous provocative act and a grave threat to security."

The U.S. Navy also recently deployed the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula, a move that was followed by a North Korea warning of "catastrophic consequences."

Experts have said an "all options" policy is a dangerous formula for North Korea.

A strike on North Korea military facilities could not only lead to a devastating nuclear assault against South Korea, but also against targets in Japan.
 [upi.com]
11/4/17

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