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Families of Japan abductees express hope after Korea summit

Families of Japan abductees express hope after Korea summit

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April 27 (UPI) -- The families of Japanese abductees who are still officially recognized in Tokyo say they are hopeful about being reunited with their relatives on Friday, according to a Japanese press report.The families watched the Inter-Korea Summit and cautiously welcomed engagement between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Kyodo News reported Friday.Sakie Yokota, 82, mother of abductee Megumi Yokota, said she hoped the situation will improve as North Korea moves away from provocations.Yokota also said she will watch "how things will unfold" because of past experiences with North Korea reneging on meetings regarding the abduction issue.Ahead of the summit, Moon had told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would raise the issue of abducted Japanese nati...
S. Korea, U.S., Japan vow unrelenting fight against N. Korea's illicit trade

S. Korea, U.S., Japan vow unrelenting fight against N. Korea's illicit trade

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March 23 (UPI) -- SEOUL, March 23 -- South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Friday to maintain close cooperation against North Korea's maritime activity prohibited under U.N. Security Council resolutions despite a peace mood on the peninsula.The regional powers will also improve joint response capabilities by continuing missile warning, maritime interdiction operations and anti-submarine warfare drills, according to South Korea's Ministry of National Defense.The ministry was summarizing the results of the 10th Defense Trilateral Talks, a working-level consultation held in Washington D.C. earlier this week."In order to curb, thwart and eventually eradicate North Korea's illegal maritime activity, including illicit shipment, the three countries have decided to continue a pivotal rol...
State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved the potential $ 133.3 million foreign military sale of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan.The deal, announced on Tuesday, is set to provide the government of Japan with four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles, along with four Mk 29 missile canisters, if approved by the U.S. Congress, which has been notified of the potential sale.The contract will also provide U.S. government and contracted technical assistance, along with transportation, engineering and logistics support services, the Pentagon said in a press release.The Raytheon produced Standard Missile-3 Interceptor is a defensive weapon used to destroy short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The missiles are fired out of the Mk 29 Sea Sparrow Guided Missile Laun...
Some ships carrying skeletons are mysteriously washing ashore in Japan

Some ships carrying skeletons are mysteriously washing ashore in Japan

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Several wooden boats, some carrying skeletons, have mysteriously washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks. Authorities are still investigating where the so-called "ghost ships" came from, but experts say all signs point to North Korea. The Japanese coast guard on Thursday recovered one decrepit vessel drifting off the western coast of Matsumae town on the northern island of Hokkaido. Ten men found aboard the wooden ship identified themselves as North Koreans and said they were taking refuge at an island nearby due to rough weather. On Monday, the partially decomposed bodies of eight men were discovered on a rickety wooden boat on the coast of Japan's Akita prefecture, which faces North Korea across the Sea of Japan. The coast guard first spotted the unidentified ship Saturday, but rough s...
Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

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US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" with military equipment bought from the US.Japan's PM Shinzo Abe meanwhile said his country could intercept missiles "if necessary".The two leaders were speaking to reporters at the close of Mr Trump's first state visit to Japan.North Korea has fired long-range ballistic missiles over Japanese territory twice in recent months.Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia tripOn Monday, while answering questions at a press conference, Mr Trump said Mr Abe was "going to purchase massive amounts of military equipment" from the US.Referencing North Korea's missiles, he said Mr Abe could "shoot them out of the sky" when he completed the purchase, which he said would provide jobs to Americans as well as "safety fo...