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US to send two more missile defence ships to Japan: Hagel

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) reviews honor guards accompanied by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (L) at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tokyo on April 6, 2014The United States plans to send two more missile defence warships to Japan to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s “provocative” actions, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Sunday. “In response to Pyongyang¹s pattern of provocative and destabilizing actions, including recent missile launches in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, I can announce today that the United States is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defence ships to Japan by 2017,” Hagel told a joint news conference in Tokyo after talks with his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera. The US ships would join five missile defence vessels already stationed in Japan. North Korea last month test fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of hitting Japan.

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