Japan to bolster missile defence system against North Korea's 'threats'

Japan is also in talks with the US to purchase long-range cruise missiles with a range of some 900 kilometres (560 miles), noted Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 19, 2017, 07.58 AM (IST)

Shortly after North Korea test-fired its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) -- that dived into the sea near Japan's economic zone -- Japan a gave nod to the introduction of the US military's land-based Aegis missile interceptor system during a cabinet meeting.

The move aimed at bolstering the country's defence against "serious" and "imminent" threats from North Korea.

Japan is reportedly planning a record $46 billion defence budget for the next fiscal year in the wake of the North Korean threat.

The Aegis Ashore system shall be introduced at two locations, covering the entire nation with powerful radars. However, it will take years before the Aegis Ashore system is operational, noted Japanese officials.

North Korea's intercontinental ballistic stunt garnered condemnation from leaders all across the globe.

The Pyongyang regime also fired two missiles over Japan previously this year, threatening to "sink" the country into the sea. 

The Japanese government is yet to sign the contract with the US that could cost a total of 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), inclusive of building new facilities.

Japan is also in talks with the US to purchase long-range cruise missiles with a range of some 900 kilometres (560 miles), noted Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.

(With inputs from AFP)