North Korea launched 59 missiles last year, an unprecedentedly high frequency…
In its 2023 Defense White Paper, the Japanese government identified North Korea as a more serious and imminent threat, saying it possesses a missile strike capability that puts Japan in range.
The government also noted that neighboring countries are also rapidly rearming, and China’s intimidating military activities are raising concerns in the Taiwan Strait.
He went on to say that security cooperation between South Korea and Japan is becoming more important due to these changes in the security environment.
In November last year, the ROK Navy participated in the first international warship ceremony of the MSDF in seven years, which he said had improved trust and resumed security dialogue.
The Japanese government emphasized that Yun Suk-yul’s government had put North Korea back on the front burner in its first defense white paper, and that the two countries had agreed to strengthen deterrence in line with trilateral security cooperation.
However, it continued its deterrence claims for the 19th year by labeling Dokdo as Takeshima on the map and stating that the territorial issue was still unresolved.
[Hirokazu Matsuno/Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary: “Dokdo is clearly our country’s inherent territory, not only in light of historical facts but also under international law…”]
South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense immediately summoned officials from the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to strongly protest, 카지노사이트킴 and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reacted by saying that Japan was exaggerating the threat and interfering in its internal affairs.
The Japanese government positively evaluated the improved relations and security cooperation with South Korea, but made it clear that it has no intention of relinquishing its sovereignty over Dokdo in the future.