Monday, 17.09.2012, 22:16 GMT +7
Washington and Tokyo today agreed to install an interceptor missile radar in Japan, in response to threats from North Korea.
“The purpose of this work is to enhance our ability to defend Japan. It will also support the activities of American troops in forward”, AFP quoted U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says X-band radar in a joint news conference in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart Satoshi Morimoto.
Mr. Panetta also said that the X-band radar will be effective in protecting the United States at risk of ballistic missiles from North Korea. U.S. officials said strong early warning system is not aimed at China which is designed to deal with North Korea.
About 47,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan, most of them based in the southern island chain of Okinawa. Japan had an X-band radar at Shariki bases in the city of Tsugaru large island in northern Honshu. A U.S. defense official said a team of U.S. experts to the field to search for a place to install new radar, more likely to be in the south of Japan.
In April, North Korea conducted a missile launch failure. Pyongyang called it an attempt to put a satellite into orbit. However, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the move, saying it violates the ban on ballistic missile technology, and tightened sanctions on North Korea.
The addition of a new radar will “liberate” the Navy ships equipped with Aegis technology of the United States. Some capital ships operating near Japan to support the detection of missile threats.