Pentagon Official Welcomes Japan's New Defense Guidelines


Washington, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)--Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Wednesday expressed Washington's support for Japan's new defense guidelines and medium-term defense buildup program, both adopted late last month.

During a meeting with visiting Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, Shanahan said that the new guidelines and defense program show Japan's resolve to make efforts for expanding its role.

Iwaya explained an incident in which a South Korean warship directed a fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan late last month.

Tokyo will try to make sure that the matter does not affect the trilateral cooperation among Japan, the United States and South Korea.

The meeting was the first between Iwaya and Shanahan, who assumed his current post on Jan. 1 following the resignation of James Mattis as defense secretary.

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