Japan, US conduct joint military exercises after North Korea missile launch


The United States and Japan on Tuesday deployed fighter jets for joint exercises after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

According to Japan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the exercise took place in Japanese airspace in western Kyushu and involved eight Japanese fighters and four US fighters.

in the statement [pdf]Japan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the security situation surrounding Japan was “increasingly severe”, citing North Korea’s test launch of a ballistic missile early Tuesday morning.

“The exercise will confirm the readiness of both the U.S. and Japanese forces, demonstrate the strong determination of the U.S. and Japan to deal with any contingency, and further strengthen the deterrence of the U.S.-Japan alliance,” he said.

General Koji Yamazaki, Chief of the Joint Staff of Japan, Meeting with Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Admiral John Aquilino will be in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss “concrete initiatives” for US-Japan cooperation to ensure regional stability.

The US military also conducted joint exercises with the South Korean military on the same day.

On Tuesday, the Japanese government issued an emergency alert system warning people in several areas to evacuate after North Korea launched its first ballistic missile over Japan in five years.

Japan’s Defense Minister Hamada said the missile flew 4,600 kilometers (2,858 miles) at an altitude of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), making it the longest missile ever launched by North Korea, Kyodo News. report.

Kishida meets with Biden

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a phone call with President Joe Biden after the missile launch that he condemned North Korea’s missile test “in the strongest terms” for destabilizing the region.

White House Both sides said they recognized the launch as “a danger to the Japanese people, a destabilization of the region, and a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”

The two leaders agreed to closely coordinate their immediate and long-term responses, both bilaterally and trilaterally. [South Korea]and with the international community.”

South Korea and the US military on Wednesday launched four short-range missiles into the waters off the country’s east coast to demonstrate its “combined deterrence and dynamic strike capabilities” amid North Korea’s ongoing provocations. did.

“Our commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains steadfast,” USINDOPACOM said. statement, Refers to the official name of South Korea.

Aldogra Fredry

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer covering Asia Pacific news for The Epoch Times.