Japan is considering making a preemptive strike against North Korea, as a result of worryingly close missile launches by the dictatorship. North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan this week, with three coming as close as 200 miles of Japanese territory. Pyongyang claims that the launches were a simulation of an attack against U.S. military bases in Japan.
Japan’s military capabilities are limited to self-defense purposes, and could be overwhelmed if three missiles were targeted at them. A pacifist policy since World War Two has prevented the country from developing a military capable of attacks on other countries, but prime minister Abe is seeking to change this. The Daily Caller reports:
In the aftermath of North Korea’s latest missile launch, the Japanese prime minister said that North Korea’s behavior “is a clear challenge to the region and the international community,” adding that the “threat has entered a new phase.”
While previous administrations have stated that Japan has the right to fire on an enemy if an attack on Japan appears imminent, the ruling LDP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is determined to take it a step further and acquire the ability.
Abe has been working to revise the nation’s constitution in order to allow acquisition of arms capable to launching internationally, raising ire from rivals such as China.