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US to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, is escorted by his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, right, as they inspect an honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, Hagel said Saturday he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country's security. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.

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