US, Japan Agree to Boost Defenses Against North Korea

Casey Dawson
August 20, 2017

The US will honor its defense treaty agreements with Japan "without reservation", Tillerson added.

The meetings took place after Stephen K. Bannon, Trump's strategic advisor, told a magazine that there was no military solution to the North Korea problem.

"In light of the threat of North Korea, the four of us confirmed the importance of the unwavering USA commitment to extended deterrence", Onodera told reporters.

JAPAN and the United States agreed on Thursday to increase defence cooperation due to the looming threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea.

"Japan intends to expand its role in the Alliance and augment its defence capabilities, with an eye on the next planning period for its mid-term defence program", the statement said.

"Terrorists around the world should know the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice", Tillerson said.

The news conference was also jointly addressed by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera. In April, the USA sent its Carl Vinson aircraft carrier towards the Korean Peninsula, saying it was taking prudent measures against the North.

Some analysts suggested Japan should help mediate dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

"The United States and Japan oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan's administration of these islands", the statement said, alluding to repeated intrusion by Chinese government vessels into surrounding Japanese waters.

In a meeting earlier in the day, Dunford and Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, top officer of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces' (SDF), expressed the importance of the Japanese SDF and the us military working together to address situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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Just last week, the communist regime threatened to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan into waters near the United States territory of Guam.

Both sides have since dialed back the rhetoric somewhat.

Fan Changlong, a vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, told the visiting US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford this week in Beijing that China believed the only effective way to resolve the North Korean issue was through talks. Military action, they said, would be the last resort. He said that Pyongyang's missile launches were "unacceptable provocations - and they must stop immediately".

Mr Tillerson said the North Koreans should understand the consequences should they make a bad choice.

Tillerson has not ruled out the possibility of holding talks with Pyongyang.

Fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programmes have grown in recent weeks. China accounts for about 90 percent of the North's trade and is a major supplier of oil to the country.

The primary US concern is the North obtaining intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the American mainland. Expressing continuing concerns about the security environment in the East China Sea, they reaffirmed the importance of working together to safeguard the peace and stability of the East China Sea.

China has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan in the South China Sea. But states such as Vietnam and the Philippines have benefited from Japan's support through training and provision of vessels.

During the meeting held yesterday at the headquarters of the State Department, the four leaders among other issues discussed the increasing challenge posed by China in the region and the need to enhance multilateral cooperation with other countries, including India, in the region.

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