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U.S. welcomes Japan's push to bolster military defense capabilities Updated: 2014-04-07 16:08:18 KST


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for collective self-defense by altering Tokyo's war-renouncing constitution.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo on Sunday, Hagel said Japan was playing a proactive role in contributing to global and regional peace and stability.
In addition,.. Hagel announced plans to send two advanced destroyers,.. equipped with ballistic missile defense systems to Japan, in the face of a more threatening North Korea.

"In response to Pyongyang's pattern of provocative and destabilizing actions, including recent missile launches and violations of recent U.N. security council resolutions"

The announcement comes a matter of days after Pyongyang test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea,.. following a series of shorter-range missiles in recent weeks.

"For the safety of Japan and of eastern Asia, we believe that Japan's Aegis system and the United States' Aegis system is very effective.

The extra ships will bring the total number of U.S. Aegis destroyers deployed in Japan to
seven.
Hagel also sent a message to China, saying it should respect its neighbors, adding that coercion and intimidation will only lead to conflict.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.

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