Japan, South Korea to link radar systems to track N.Korea missiles

Tokyo, May 9 (BNA): Japanese and South Korean defense authorities are set to agree early next month to link their radars via a US system to share real-time information about North Korea’s ballistic missiles, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

The person, who requested anonymity because the discussions are not public, said the defense ministers of Japan, South Korea and the United States plan to reach an agreement on the sidelines of the Asian Defense Summit to be held in Singapore early next month. mentioned.

With North Korea launching ballistic missiles at an unprecedented pace in the past year, the three countries agreed in November to speed up information sharing. Japan and South Korea are linked independently to the radar systems of the United States but not to each other.

Relations between the Asian allies of the United States have improved in recent months in the face of the North Korean threat. And Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida resumed their “shuttle diplomacy,” meeting South Korean President Yoon Sok Yul in Seoul on Sunday, where they confirmed progress on defense cooperation.

The defense ministers of Japan and South Korea have separately arranged to meet on the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue to be held in Singapore from June 2-4, in the first such meeting since November 2019.


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