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Japan pledges to ‘take specific action’ with U.S. in dealing with North Korea

Japan is awakening to the fact that its national security is being directly threatened by a nuclear-armed North Korea

(National SentinelDefense: Japan’s prime minister has vowed that his country will assist the United States in dealing with North Korea’s threatening behavior, after Pyongyang conducted yet another missile launch on Sunday.

“As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” said PM Shinzo Abe, according to Reuters.

Abe made his remarks after the North’s ballistic missile landed in the Sea of Japan.

“Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea,” he said.

Fox News added:

North Korea tested a short-range Scud ballistic missile off its eastern coast at 4:40 p.m. ET (5:40 a.m. Monday Korea time). The missile flew for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan. 

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile fell within Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone. He said there was no immediate report of damage to planes or vessels in the area.

“We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form,” said Suga, in a statement, following Pyongyang’s test.

It was the third missile test this month. North Korean leader Kim Jong un has vowed to develop and mass-produce nuclear-tipped ICBMs capable of reaching the United States. President Donald J. Trump has vowed that “won’t happen.”

On a brighter diplomatic note, both Russia and China publicly rebuked North Korea over its latest test, calling for restraint.

In recent days, as we reported earlier, the Pentagon has ordered a third U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the Korean peninsula, giving the United States an incredible amount of firepower that is rarely concentrated in a single region.

To put the rarity of having three carrier strike groups in the same region in context, the U.S. Navy has 11 carriers in service, and for a time in late December-early January, there were no carriers deployed anywhere in the world, while generally there are generally only 3-4, while others are in port for repairs and refitting, we noted.

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