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Japan Approves Purchase Of Aegis Ashore From US To Counter N Korea Threat

The development of nuclear missile systems by North Korea “poses a new level of threat to Japan and as we have done in the past we will ensure that we are able to defend ourselves with a drastic improvement in ballistic missile defense,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet said in a statement Tuesday. As expected, the Cabinet approved a proposal to build two Aegis Ashore batteries, The Hill reported. Minus the cost of the missiles themselves, Reuters reported, the sites will likely cost at least $2 billion. They are expected to be operational at the earliest around 2023. This is not Japan’s first experience with Aegis as the Asian country currently maintains the missiles on four…