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12 January 2018, 10:26 | Kelvin Horton
State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan
A State Department official told Fox News that, "Also included are four Mk 29 missile canisters, and other technical, engineering and logistics support services". The deal is valued at an estimated $133.3 million.
Last month, Japan's cabinet approved a plan to buy two US-built Aegismissile defense systems, state broadcaster NHK reported, as the country faces increasing hostility from neighboring North Korea.
In this image provided by the Missile Defense Agency, a SM-3 missile is fired from the USS Lake Erie in the mid Pacific Ocean on May 10, 2012. That system would be based on the land-based missile defense facilities the US Navy has deployed in Romania and is preparing to activate in Poland.
News of the sale comes as North and South Korea hold their first talks in more than two years aimed at solving the crisis over the North's nuclear missile program. North Korea has twice flown two ballistic missile tests over Japanese territory and landed its last ICBM test on November 28 in the Sea of Japan within 200 nautical miles of the Japanese coast. This would boost the number of interceptors available to counter a volley of missiles launched by North Korea.
Russian Federation accused the U.S. of violating an arms control treaty by agreeing to supply anti-missile systems to Japan.
While Pyongyang refused to discuss the topic of denuclearization with Seoul, the head of the North Korean delegation at the talks, Ri Son Gwon, told media that all North Korean weapons "including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles" are aimed exclusively at the United States and should not be deemed to pose threat to the self-isolated country's neighbors.
Japan formally decided in December it would expand its ballistic missile defense system with USA -made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors.
The Japanese government aims to start operation of the Aegis Ashore in fiscal 2023 to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles amid the growing North Korean threat.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke with Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera on Monday to discuss a range of US-Japan Alliance matters and reaffirmed US commitments to the defense of Japan - pledging to work closely with his Japanese counterpart to bolster critical Alliance capabilities.
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