Japan may purchase Tomahawk cruise missiles to counter North Korean threat

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is interested in buying BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile in order to counter the threat from Pyongyang, according to various reports. At the moment, the Japan Self-Defense Forces do not possess offensive weapons capable of crossing the Sea of Japan and defending the country against the North Korean threat.
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According to reports, the Japanese government is looking into purchasing Tomahawk cruise missiles in light of North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile tests.

The Japan Self-Defense Forces do not possess offensive weapons capable of crossing the Sea of Japan and defending the country against the North Korean threat. According to the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is interested in buying BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile in order to counter the threat from Pyongyang.

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Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Abe about the North Korean issue. The White House said following the conversation that Trump “made clear that the United States will continue to strengthen its ability to deter and defend itself and its allies with the full range of its military capabilities. The White House emphasized that “the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose.”



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