Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2019 - Japan Special Weapons News
- North Korea Slams Japanese PM Abe as 'Imbecile and Political Dwarf' Amid Rocket Launch Row Sputnik 30 Nov 2019 -- Abe has described the recent weapons tests performed by Pyongyang as a ballistic missile launch, stating that this threatens Japan and other neighbouring countries.
- S.Korea's nuke envoy holds phone talks with U.S., Japanese envoys after DPRK's projectile test-firing People's Daily 29 Nov 2019 -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy held phone talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test-firing of short-range projectiles, Yonhap news agency reported Friday citing Seoul's foreign ministry.
- North Korea Threatens Ballistic Missile Test Under Japan's 'Nose' VOA 29 Nov 2019 -- North Korea made perhaps its most direct recent threat to resume longer-range missile tests, warning Saturday it may soon launch a "real ballistic missile" in the vicinity of Japan.
- Seoul Enraged as Tokyo Denies its Side of the GSOMIA Bargain KBS World Radio 25 Nov 2019 -- While announcing last week its decision to postpone the expiration of GSOMIA, an intel-sharing pact with Japan, Seoul explained that arrangements had also been made to discuss export control measures the island neighbor erected against South Korea's private tech sector.
- S. Korea decides to conditionally suspend expiry of GSOMIA with Japan People's Daily 24 Nov 2019 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House decided on Friday to conditionally suspend the expiry of a military intelligence-sharing accord with Japan, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
- Russia: US military presence hinders our Japan ties Press TV 23 Nov 2019 -- Russia calls the United States' extensive and growing military presence in Japan an obstacle in the way of further development of the Russo-Japanese relations.
- South Korea Asks US to Help Resolve Crisis in Relations With Japan Sputnik 23 Nov 2019 -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has asked the United States to facilitate normalisation of relations between Seoul and Tokyo, the ministry said on Saturday.
- S.Korea says GSOMIA can be scrapped at 'any time' NHK 23 Nov 2019 -- A South Korean presidential official says the country's decision to avert the termination of an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan comes with conditions attached.
- Seoul to Save GSOMIA Intel-Sharing Pact with Japan KBS 22 Nov 2019 -- Just six hours before the expiration of the General Security of Military Information Agreement(GSOMIA) with Japan, South Korea announced that it will not let the deal expire on Friday at midnight. The uncertain fate of GSOMIA has been an indicator of the deteriorating relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
- South Korea Cancels Coast Guard Drills With Japan Amid Deterioration of Relations - Reports Sputnik 22 Nov 2019 -- South Korea has cancelled its planned coast guard drills with Japan aimed at preventing maritime accidents, the NHK broadcaster reported on Friday, citing a regional coast guard base amid a spiralling political and trade row between Seoul and Tokyo.
- U.S., U.K., Japan Navies Reaffirm Commitment to Increased Cooperation NNS 20 Nov 2019 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joined First Sea Lord, United Kingdom Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin and Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura for a trilateral maritime discussion onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) anchored outside Annapolis, Nov. 20.
- Hostility and Confrontation Will Bring Ruin and Disaster: KCNA Commentary KCNA 19 Nov 2019 -- The Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" recently staged at a park in Aichi Prefecture a drill for deploying a Patriot interceptor missile system before the eyes of the press.
- Readout for Japan Bilateral Meeting ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus (ADMM+) DoD 18 Nov 2019 -- Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with Defense Minister Kono Taro in Bangkok, Thailand on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (Plus).
- US asks Japan to pay more to host its bases NHK 16 Nov 2019 -- A US magazine says the administration of President Donald Trump has asked Japan to pay a much greater share of the cost to host US military bases.
- Tokyo, Seoul Fail to Agree to Renew Intelligence Sharing Deal Week Before Expiry - Reports Sputnik 17 Nov 2019 -- The defence ministers of Japan and South Korea failed to agree to extend the bilateral intelligence sharing pact on Sunday at their first meeting since October 2018, but reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation with the US on Pyongyang's missile and nuclear program, the Kyodo news agency reported.
- Trump reportedly asks Tokyo for $8 billion to keep US troops in Japan Press TV 16 Nov 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has asked Tokyo to quadruple its annual payments for American forces stationed in Japan, as part of his administration's policy to push Washington's allies to increase their defense spending.
- US Pressing Japan to Pay 300% More for American Troops Deployment – Reports Sputnik 16 Nov 2019 -- The Trump Administration has already stepped up pressure on its NATO allies, namely Germany and Canada, to increase defence spending. Now the US wants to get more from its closest allies in Asia, Tokyo and Seoul, which are already paying billions to cover the cost of stationing tens of thousands of American troops.
- U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Forces Start Annual Exercise NNS 12 Nov 2019 -- The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy have begun their bilateral Annual Exercise '19, in the waters surrounding Japan.
- Japan Urges US to Suspend F-16 Flights Until Probe of Dummy Shell Drop Completed - Reports Sputnik 08 Nov 2019 -- The authorities of Japan's Aomori prefecture demanded that the US military command refrain from carrying out F-16 aircraft exercises until the reasons for a dummy shell drop were established and measures to prevent such incidents were taken, Japanese media reported on Friday.
- Oops, I Did it Again: US F-16 Jet Accidentally Drops Dummy Bomb in Japan Sputnik 07 Nov 2019 -- A US F-16 fighter jet accidentally dropped a dummy bomb during a training flight in Japan's northern Aomori prefecture that was later found on private land outside the training grounds, the command of the US forces in Japan (USFJ) said on Thursday.
- N.Korea slams door on Japan PM Abe visit, calls him an 'idiot' Global Times 07 Nov 2019 -- North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an "idiot and villain" who should not even dream of setting foot in Pyongyang, in a media commentary laden with insults in response to his criticism of a North Korean weapons test.
- Japanese PM Condemned for Taking Issue with DPRK's Test-Fire of Super-large Multiple Rocket Launchers KCNA 07 Nov 2019 -- Song Il Ho, ambassador of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, made public the following statement on Thursday:
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