CIA chief visits South Korea after latest missile test raises tension

Posted May 04, 2017

"The urgent fielding of the nuclear submarine in the waters off the Korean Peninsula, timed to coincide with the deployment of the super aircraft carrier strike group, is meant to further intensify military threats toward our republic", the dictator's propaganda website claimed.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces helicopter carrier Izumo, seen at its Yokosuka Base in Kanagawa prefecture.

After the mission, Izumo and Sazanami are scheduled to participate in an global naval review scheduled to be held in Singapore on May 15. Besides our deep economic ties, the US military has been tasked with helping defend the islands from outside threats - including North Korea and China. It has assigned the Self Defense Forces (SDF) to escort and guard the U.S. warships.

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In this case, the mission, ordered by Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, was made as the two countries may be engaged in joint exercises or the monitoring and information-gathering activities related to missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). But, Japan can provide logistical support to allies involved in situations with important influence on Japan's security. "It goes against the principle of (the war-renouncing) Article 9 of the Constitution", said Itsuki Kurosawa, a 36-year-old co-leader of a group of young lawyers who oppose the security legislation. The Izumo started to escort the USA supply ship after the two vessels met up in the waters off the Boso Peninsula, south of Tokyo, later in the day.

Visits to a government crisis management website surged to the millions in April from a previous record of tens of thousands in March, as the government tweeted and put out fresh instructions for what to do in the event of a missile attack. "In this way, I think Japan is heading toward taking part in a US-led war", he said. This was amended previous year by new laws created to ease the restrictions under which the Self Defense Forces operated. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said that "questions remain as to how necessary it is for the JSDF to protect United States logistic ships that are sailing into the Pacific rather than the East Sea close to the North Korea". "There appears to be a calculation within the Japanese government to achieve results while avoiding actual danger", it said.