Missiles
3 Ways the DPRK Has Just Hurt its "Blood Ally."

3 Ways the DPRK Has Just Hurt its “Blood Ally.”

Regarding the recent satellite launch/missile test conducted by the DPRK. Apologies for cross posting. First, it gives Japan and the US a useful issue to bash the PRC over the head with in the UNSC, especially if the PRC goes ahead and vetoes any further sanctions. China’s image will deteriorate in Japan further as perceptions...

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Japan's Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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Asia Security Watch: US Goes Ballistic Over North Korean Missiles

Asia Security Watch: US Goes Ballistic Over North Korean Missiles

While any advancements by the rogue state of North Korea should be cause for worry, the US shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs - Implications for Japan

Discussion: North Korean Mobile ICBMs – Implications for Japan

JSW readers discuss the implications of news that North Korea is developing road-mobile ICBMs capable of reaching Japan.

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Asia Security Watch: US Officials Press South Korea to Reduce Iranian Petrochem/Crude Imports

Asia Security Watch: US Officials Press South Korea to Reduce Iranian Petrochem/Crude Imports

US officials attempt to sway South Korea's stance on trade with Iran.

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O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

O'Hanlon and Mochizuki on the Okinawa Basing Issue

I have a strong interest in the U.S. Marine Corps Okinawa basing issue. I don’t post on it very often, mostly because what passes for news usually isn’t. It’s been clear since Hatoyama’s resignation that, barring somebody running out of money, the 2006 agreement is going forward and 8,000 of the roughly 18,000 U.S. Marines based on...

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Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

The satellite, named Optical-4, is meant to keep an eye on the North Korean ballistic missile program. Originally set to launch in August, the mission was delayed until September 17 due to an issue with the launch vehicle’s range safety system (receiver). A local typhoon delayed the launch further, prior to the vehicle lifting off...

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Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Tamogami wants Japanese rearmament. He wants a nuclear deterrent for Japan. He wants nuclear propulsion for ships. He wants cruise missiles. He wants aircraft carriers. In short, he wants all of the things many countries already have.

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Protecting South Korea's West Sea Islands: Israel's Spike Missiles

Protecting South Korea’s West Sea Islands: Israel’s Spike Missiles

South Korea wants to purchase 50 Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel and would like to deploy them on Yeonpyeong island by mid-2012, Yonhap News reported on Monday. The island, which was hit by North Korean artillery last November, is only 12 km from North Korea’s coast. It is part of a group of islands known...

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Fallout from the North-South Military Talks?

Fallout from the North-South Military Talks?

As expected, the North Koreans walked out on the military talks they begged to have with the South after being told that they would have to apologise for the attack on the Cheonan destroyer and strike against Yeonpyeong. North Korea’s mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency, released a scathing tirade against the ‘traitors’ in the south...

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South Korean missile limits

South Korean missile limits

Under the 1979 US-ROK Accord, updated in 2001, South Korea is restricted from developing missiles with “a range of up to 300 kilometers and a payload of up to 500 kilograms.” The map below illustrates this current range:   South Korea, however, is unhappy with the current limits and would like to be able to...

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