- Sputnik International
World
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Mattis Reassures Japan US Committed to Deterrence Amid N. Korea Threat

© REUTERS / Yuri GripasU.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing on the campaign to defeat ISIS at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing on the campaign to defeat ISIS at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017 - Sputnik International
Subscribe
International
India
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis discussed with Japan Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada by phone the United States’ commitment to defend Japan following North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test on Tuesday, the Defense Department said in a press release.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Pushkov - Sputnik International
North Korea Looks Set to Become Trump’s War Legacy – Russian Lawmaker
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "Secretary Mattis underscored the United States' ironclad commitment to defend Japan and provide extended deterrence using the full range of US capabilities," the release stated on Wednesday after their phone conversation.

Both leaders reaffirmed a commitment to continue to coordinate closely, along with South Korea, to strengthen defense capabilities in the region to maintain security and peace in Northeast Asia, the release added.

On Tuesday, North Korea announced it successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang claimed the missile reached an altitude of 1,740 miles during its 39-minute flight before accurately hitting an intended area in the Sea of Japan.

The United States and South Korea on Wednesday fired ballistic missiles off the Korean coast after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier in the week.

Russia and China urged both sides to back down and suggested the North would be more willing to freeze its UN-banned missile program if the United States and the South were to put an end to their annual military drills, which Pyongyang regards as training for an invasion.

Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала