Kyodo: Tokyo develops strategy involving retaliatory attacks with US
TOKYO, November 26 – RIA Novosti. The new strategy for Japan’s ability to retaliate against enemy bases, currently being discussed in the ruling coalition, involves working closely with the United States to implement them in the event of a foreign attack.
citing informed sources. reported Kyodo agency. According to him, the draft version of the political initiative on retaliatory strikes was discussed at a meeting between the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and the Komeito Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, the previous day.
In particular, in the event of an enemy attack, it is assumed that “when the possibility of retaliatory attacks is activated, information will be exchanged with the United States about the targets for retaliatory attacks and the assessment of the success of their implementation.”
“We will not rely solely on the offensive capability of the US military,” the agency quoted from the debate.
The parties to the debate acknowledge that “with Japan’s current defensive capacity, it is difficult to fully respond alone to an enemy missile attack.” In this context, the authorities are considering the possibility of purchasing existing foreign-made missile systems, in particular the American Tomahawk cruise missiles.
At the same time, the strategy will highlight the need for consultation about the conditions and targets of retaliatory attacks. As expected, military targets will be identified as possible targets, the agency said, but “the interpretation could be broader and include attacks against other targets”.
In a keynote speech in early October, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would consider all options to protect the population, including the possibility of a retaliatory attack. By the end of 2022, authorities are required to submit three updated documents in the field of defense: the national security strategy, the norms of the national defense program and the medium-term defense program.
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