Seven North Korean missile test firings this year threatened commercial jets flying through an impact zone in the Sea of Japan that aviation analysts say poses a growing danger to civilian aircraft.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Friday in an unusual late-night test launch from its northern Jangang province that landed in the sea off its east coast, possibly in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, South Korea and Japan said.
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Friday to expand sanctions against North Korea for its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the White House said in a statement.
During his first visit to Asia as US defense secretary, retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis last week sought to reassure the United States’ two key allies in Northeast Asia that the new Trump administration plans to work closely with both Japan and South Korea.
Defense Secretary James Mattis reassured Japan over the weekend that the United States would defend a pair of disputed islands in the East China Sea controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing.
An adviser to Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that the president-elect plans to choose businessman William Hagerty as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.
The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved an increase in defense spending for the fifth year in a row on Thursday.
Search and rescue efforts are underway for a missing U.S. Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 jet in southern Japan on Wednesday, the military service said in a statement.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is arranging to meet with Donald Trump days after the president-elect assumes office on Jan. 20, according to Japan’s Jiji news service.