Japan to buy 'standoff' missiles to counter North Korea

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"The U.S. moves for sea blockade can never be tolerated as they constitute a wanton violation of the sovereignty and dignity of an independent state", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Friday.

Onodera denied the missiles indicate a change in Japan's defense-oriented policy in which forces do not have the capability to strike other countries' territories.

Onodera said the ministry intends to request a special budget for the fiscal year starting April 2018 to purchase the missiles, which are created to be launched from military aircraft to targets on land or at sea.

North Korea, formally called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), last week tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying the device could reach all of the United States.

In newly released report, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee claimed that F-35 Joint Strike Fighters could shoot down North Korea's ballistic missiles in their boost phase.

Japan will be buying two types of missiles - Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles - from Lockheed Martin to put on its F-15 fighter jets.

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The JSM, designed by Norway's Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, has a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles) and the JASSM-ER can hit targets from 1,000 kilometers away.

The defense minister didn't mention North Korea by name, but the Hermit Kingdom is increasingly posing a threat.

The move is likely to cause controversy because Japan's military only carries out self-defense, although Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing to ax some military constraints under its post-World War II Constitution.

Last week, North Korea launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile it said was capable of striking the US mainland and claimed to have achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state.

Japan's missile purchase anouncement comes on the final day of week-long military drills between the US and South Korea, which North Korea vehemently criticized.

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