The US and Japan agreed on a joint defense program following a hypersonic missile from North Korea.
The alliance aims to research and develop the capabilities needed to prevent the advance of special weapons in the Indo-Pacific region.
The US and Japanese authorities held a two-way meeting this Thursday in which they agreed on a new program through which they will collaborate to address the "emerging problems related to defense," just two days after North Korea launched a hypersonic missile into the waters of the Sea of Japan - known in Korea as the East Sea.
We are launching a new research and development agreement that will make it easier for our scientists, engineers, and program managers to collaborate on emerging defense issues, from fighting hypersonic threats to advancing specialized capabilities. The announcement was made by the United States Secretary of State. Anthony Blinken.
In addition, Blinken assured that the US government would invest "more resources" to "deepen" military readiness and operational capabilities to support Japan within the next five years.
For his part, United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin emphasized that the alliance between the two countries is the foundation of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and is based not only on common interests but also on shared values.
"We meet in a context of growing tensions and challenges for the free, stable, and secure Indo-Pacific region that we both seek: challenges posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions and by China's aggressive and coercive behavior," Austin stressed.
Following these statements, the Japanese Foreign Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, highlighted the importance of Washington and Tokyo being united to face "fundamental and multifaceted challenges such as the change in the strategic balance, the unilateral and coercive attempt to change the 'status quo, 'the abusive use of unjust pressure and the expansion of an authoritarian regime."
Thus, Hayashi advocated the maintenance of "free and open international order," based on standard rules, through which "guarantee regional peace, stability, and prosperity.
He said it was more important than ever for Japan and the United States to be united and show leadership because they have common interests.
Finally, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi agreed with his Cabinet colleague and stressed the importance of initiating a message of unity between the United States and Asian countries, even if only through video conferencing, to show the world strong solidarity. For that which unites them.