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US sends warship to Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis

The United States is sending a guided missile destroyer to the Black Sea in order to reassure European allies in the region following Russia's annexation of Crimea, sources confirmed on Monday. "We have decided to send a ship into the Black Sea. We expect it will arrive there within a week," said Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren, without disclosing the name or type of the vessel citing "operational security." A Department of Defense official confirmed to AFP the warship being sent to the region was the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer.

U.S. to deploy more destroyers around Japan to deal with North Korean threats

Tokyo, Apr 6 (EFE).- The United States will deploy two more destroyers equipped with anti-missile systems in Japan prior to 2017 in response to the recent provocations by North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Tokyo. In response to North Korea's "pattern of provocative and destabilizing actions" that violate U.N. resolutions, Hagel - at a Tokyo press conference with Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera - said that Washington will move to provide more protection against those threats, raising the size of the U.S. anti-missile fleet deployed in Japan to seven.

Japan to strike incoming N.Korean missiles

Japan's defence chief has ordered the armed forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles that threaten to hit the country, according to media reports. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order on Thursday -- without publicly announcing it -- after North Korea launched two medium-range ballistic missiles on March 26 towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea), Kyodo News and other media said on Saturday, quoting a government source. A mid-range missile fired from North Korea would be capable of reaching Japan.

N. Korea slams South's missile test 'farce'

North Korea has slammed the South's recent ballistic missile test, calling it a "farce" aimed at showing off Seoul's military strength in the face of threats from Pyongyang. Seoul said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload up to 500 kilometres (310 miles), suggesting it could hit any part of the North. The launch was carried out on March 23, just three days before the North test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan.

U.S., eyeing North Korea, to send more missile defense ships to Japan

By Phil Stewart TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will deploy two additional destroyers equipped with missile defense systems to Japan by 2017, in a move Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday was a response in part to North Korean missile launches that have alarmed the region.

Japan on Thurs. ordered SDF to destroy any N. Korean missiles launched

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued Thursday an order without disclosing it for the Self-Defense Forces to destroy North Korean ballistic missiles if any are launched, a government source said Saturday. In line with the order, which was not disclosed to minimize the effects on resumed governmental talks with North Korea, the SDF deployed to the Sea of Japan the Aegis destroyer Kirishima equipped with long-range SM-3 interceptor missiles, the source said.

U.S. aims to correct issue behind 2013 failed missile defense test

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday said it was optimistic it had found the cause of a failed missile defense test in July 2013 and aimed to carry out a fix for the entire fleet of ground-based interceptors by the end of the year.

U.S. aims to correct issue behind 2013 failed missile defense test

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday said it was optimistic it had found the cause of a failed missile defense test in July 2013 and aimed to carry out a fix for the entire fleet of ground-based interceptors by the end of the year.

USFK chief says N. Korean missile to be capable of hitting mainland U.S. by 2024

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 25 (Yonhap) -- The top U.S. military commander in Korea said Tuesday Pyongyang will have ballistic missiles to reach the mainland U.S. within a decade. "We have a challenging environment in terms of North Korea's development of ballistic missiles. And they continue apace at that," Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told senators at a budget hearing in Washington, D.C. Asked if he expects North Korea to have missile capability capable of hitting the U.S. homeland by 2024, he said yes.

USFK chief says N. Korean missile to be capable of hitting mainland U.S. by 2024

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 25 (Yonhap) -- The top U.S. military commander in Korea said Tuesday Pyongyang will have ballistic missiles to reach the mainland U.S. within a decade. "We have a challenging environment in terms of North Korea's development of ballistic missiles. And they continue apace at that," Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told senators at a budget hearing in Washington, D.C. Asked if he expects North Korea to have missile capability capable of hitting the U.S. homeland by 2024, he said yes.
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