12 August 2017

News Story: Japan could intercept N. Korean missiles if threatened by attack on Guam - minister

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Aug. 10 expressed the view that Japan could intercept a missile from North Korea heading for Guam as an act of collective self-defense if such an attack posed a crisis threatening Japan's existence.

"It cannot be ruled out that a deficiency in U.S. deterrence and striking power could constitute a crisis threatening Japan's existence," Onodera said during a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Security.

Onodera's statement came in response to a question from Yuichi Goto of the opposition Democratic Party.

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