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Japan suspends Aegis Ashore missile defense mission because of “cost” and lack of security

June 16, 2020

Japan’s Defense Secretary Kono Taro announced on Monday that the government would stop using the Aegis Ashore US missile defense system due to “costs” and that the security of the territory could not be guaranteed.

Kono has cited particularly economic reasons to stop a plan approved in December 2017 to strengthen Japanese defense against potential threats from North Korea.

The Japanese government had planned to deploy this ballistic defense, which was to be deployed in 2023, in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures on the west coast after Pyongyang launched missile tests in recent years.

Japan suspends Aegis Ashore missile defense mission because of “cost” and lack of securityJapan suspends Aegis Ashore missile defense mission because of “cost” and lack of security

The defense minister added that he was planning a meeting with the National Security Council to explain this decision, the Japanese news agency Kiodo News said.