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Media: Japan intends to cancel the deployment of US missile defense system

The government of Japan in the course of the next week meeting of the national security Council intends to cancel the plan to deploy American ground-based missile defense system Aegis Ashore, transfers TV channel NHK.

Earlier this week, the head of the Japanese Ministry of defense Taro Kono said to stop the process of deploying ground-based missile defense systems in the prefectures of Akita, in the North-West of the country and in Yamaguchi in the South-West until 2023, the radius of these systems, as expected, could cover the whole country. The Minister argued that the adjustments that are necessary in order to ensure the rocket boosters after launch strictly within the boundaries of the polygon, not on residential areas, will require very large financial cost and time.

Then in the ranks of the parliamentarians of the discussion about how it would be possible to fill the resulting "defense vacuum". One of the options was a proposal for the acquisition of cruise missiles long range. It was also not clear whether the decision of the government of Japan provisional or final.

USA, in turn, announced that they plan to stay in Japan ground-based missile defense system Aegis Ashore stopped, but not cancelled. The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe said that the future strategy of the country's security will be reviewed this summer.

The decision on placement in Japan two us ground-based Aegis Ashore was taken by the government in 2017 amid continued launches of North Korean missiles. They planned to deploy in the prefectures of Akita in the North-West and in Yamaguchi in the South-West of the country. In this case, as expected, their range could cover all of Japan. The cost of each installation is estimated at 100 billion yen (890 million dollars), and the commissioning was planned until 2023.

Russia has repeatedly made it clear that the intention of Japan not improved the situation in the sphere of strategic stability in the region and can not be taken into account in negotiations with Tokyo on the issue of a peace Treaty.