North Korea: Japan warns of Sarin missile threat

18 April, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • North Korea: Japan warns of Sarin missile threat

The United States believes that the Syrian government employed a sarin-like nerve agent in a deadly attack in Syria last week.

Abe's disclosure came in response to a question that had been occasionally asked in the past but is now more realistic than ever with North Korea's missile capability rapidly advancing and tension with the USA rising.

He tweeted: "North Korea is looking for trouble".

North Korea, which never signed the global Chemical Weapons Convention, is believed to have up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, according to a South Korean defense white paper, though the North has never acknowledged it.

Sarin has been used in domestic attacks in Japan, notably in 1995 when the Aum Supreme Truth cult released it in the Tokyo subway killing 13 people and sickening 6,000 others. But recently, Abe's ruling party has proposed that Japan should bolster its missile defense, including upgrading the capability to shoot down an enemy missile and acquiring the capacity to attack the base it was sacked from. Leaders have in the past used the date to carry out weapons tests.

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US-based 38 North, which monitors the secretive communist state, said satellite images taken on Wednesday showed the base was "primed and ready".

While much attention is paid to Pyongyang's threats of striking the USA mainland with intercontinental ballistic missiles, South Korea and Japan are the most at risk of North Korean attack.

Mr Abe made his warning at a meeting of Japan's parliamentary diplomacy and defence committee, reported by broadcaster NHK.

While Japan has long maintained a pacifist foreign policy following World War II, under Abe the country has moved away from this stance.

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