Chuck Hagel says US will send 2 ballistic missile destroyers to Japan

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    US to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017
    http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/japan-intercept-any-north-korea-missile-deemed-threat

    US defence secretary says destroyers are to counter the North Korean threat, and says China must respect its neighbours
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    TOKYO — The United States will deploy two additional ballistic missile defence destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said today (April 6).

    Speaking to at a news conference following a meeting with Japan Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, Mr Hagel said they discussed the threat posed by Pyongyang. He said the two ships are in response to North Korea’s “pattern of provocative and destabilising actions” that violate United Nations resolutions and also will provide more protection to the US from those threats.

    In unusually forceful remarks about China, Mr Hagel called the Asian nation a “great power” and said that when he travels to China later this week he will tell its officials that they must have respect for their neighbours. Japan and China have been at odds over territorial claims and other issues.

    “With this power comes new and wider responsibilities as to how you use that power” and how to employ military might, Mr Hagel said, adding that he looks forward to an honest, straightforward dialogue with the Chinese.

    The announcement of the deployments of additional destroyers to Japan came as tensions with North Korea spiked again, with Pyongyang continuing to threaten additional missile and nuclear tests. North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other’s waters in late March in the most recent flare-up.

    On Friday, North Korea accused the US of being “hell-bent on regime change” and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a “red line” that will result in countermeasures. Pyongyang’s deputy UN ambassador, Ri Tong Il, also said his government “made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test” but refused to provide details.

    The two additional ships would bring the total to seven US ballistic missile defence warships in Japan, and it continues US efforts to increase its focus on the Asia Pacific.

    Mr Hagel is on a 10-day trip across the Asia Pacific, and just spent three days in Hawaii meeting with Southeast Asian defence ministers, talking about efforts to improve defence and humanitarian assistance cooperation. Japan is his second stop, where he said he wants to assure Japanese leaders that the US is strongly committed to protecting their country’s security.

    Japan and China have been engaged in a long, bitter dispute over remote islands in the East China Sea. The US has said it takes no side on the question of the disputed islands’ sovereignty, but it recognises Japan’s administration of them and has responsibilities to protect Japanese territory under a mutual defence treaty.

    Mr Hagel said the US wants the countries in the region to resolve the disputes peacefully. But he added that the United States would honour its treaty commitments.
     
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    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to get a rare tour Monday of China's first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship.
     
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    Re: Chuck Hagel says US will send 2 ballistic missile destroyers to Ja

    Body language in photos contained in first post makes me cringe.
    @Ray, The Ugly American in the flesh, eh? Why does Hagel think he can manhandle an Asian, or anybody, like that? He must think he is still running for office back in Nebraska. Well, he is Obama's man.
     
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    Re: Chuck Hagel says US will send 2 ballistic missile destroyers to Ja

    Ah well life goes on!

    What made two US ambassadors in Delhi resign successively?
    Exiting Excellencies
     

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