North Korean missile tests put Asia-Pacific air defences on standby

Two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defence ships will forward-deploy to Japan by 2017, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel announced recently in what he described as a response to counter the "provocative and destabilising" actions continually posed by North Korea. Hagel was speaking at a press conference in Tokyo alongside his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera, with whom he has agreed the arrangement to bolster the force of five existing missile defence vessels stationed off the coast...
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