In the case of a North Korean nuclear attack on Guam, Japans new defense minister told Thursday that his countrys military could shoot down the missiles before they reach the U.S. territory.
In such a situation, Japan has the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a session of the National Diet, Japans parliament.
Any attack against Guam would be considered an existential menace to Japan, its minister did, also quoting a mutual security agreement with the United States.
Japan lies only about 620 miles to the east of North koreans, which has conducted several rocket research this year. Most of the weapons have property in the Sea of Japan, which lies between Japan and the eastern coast of the big Asian continent.
Guam lies about 1,600 miles south of Japan.
Onoderas comments manifested what observers have viewed as Japans growing interest in recreating its military and taking a more aggressive posture in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region than it has since the end of World War II.
Onodera returned to the defense ministers rank just last week following a Cabinet reshuffling by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzu Abe. Onodera had previously served in the number of jobs from 2012 to 2014.
In March, Onodera produced research studies that resulted in recommendations for boosting Japans weapon response ability, the Australian reported. His district also recently published a 532 -page report on proposed protection strategies, the report place said.
According to the Australian, Japan is looking to add upgraded ship-to-air interceptors to redouble its current justification capabilities.
Meanwhile, Japanese metropolis have started to stage departure teaches of preparing for cruise missiles onrush, and private sales of nuclear refuges have been prospering, the Australian reported.
Previously, Japan has said it would shoot down Northern korean rockets only if they were directed toward Japan. But last year, Japan ordained a brand-new defense policy, allowing its military to protect U.S. subjects and other allies against attack.
North Korea said it was carefully analyzing a plan to shoot missiles toward Guam, Reutersreported. The proliferation came as pressures have risen in recent months between North Korea and the United States.
President Donald Trump donated this week to gratify any threats from the Northern korean authority with a reaction of ardour and fury.
North Koreas government in Pyongyang responded by alleging Trump of becoming senile.
Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, North koreans commander of tactical rocket personnels, spoke to position media Thursday and propelled a number of reviles at the U.S. president.
He said Trump is exceedingly getting on the guts of American military personnel and has showed his infirmity again.
Sound dialogue is not possible with such a chap bereft of intellect who is going senile, the captain said.
This story includes reporting from the Associated Press . i>