It is worth mentioning that because of the recent differences between Japan and South Korea in terms of trade, the relationship between the two countries bodes ill. South Korea has terminated its intelligence sharing with Japan since the end of August, further worrying the outside world about Japans defense capabilities.
Kyodo News Agency quoted sources on 23 July as saying that North Korea launched 10 flying objects from May to September, which differed from previous missiles in shape and flight performance. These flights are usually less than 60 kilometers. On several occasions, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces Aegis and the Aviation Self-Defense Forces long-range search radar failed to track North Koreas missile flight path.
The article points out that the development of North Koreas missile technology has shocked the Japanese government in view of its seemingly capable of breaking through Japans current defensive measures.
The Korean Army has successfully detected these launches. According to the Ministry of Defense of Japan and the Korean Army, the above-mentioned launch objects include: the new short-range ballistic missile KN23, the new missile similar to the American tactical surface-to-surface missile (ATACMS), multiple rocket launchers and so on.
It should be pointed out that the trade frictions between Japan and South Korea, which began in early July, have become more and more intense. Today, both Japan and South Korea have kicked each other out of the white list of their trade, that is, goods exported by the two countries to each other must be examined by their governments. On August 22, the ROK decided not to renew the Korea-Japan Military Intelligence Protection Agreement. On September 1, Lee Tae-ho, the second official of the Korean Foreign Ministry, also said that it was not in Koreas national interest to maintain the Korea-Japan Military Intelligence Protection Agreement.
Kyodo News Agency believes that the abolition of the Korea-Japan Military Intelligence Protection Agreement will have an impact on Japans security. If Japans intelligence capability declines and it is unable to detect North Korean missiles, it will not only make intercepting missiles difficult, but also make the relevant evacuation warning response passive.
At present, Japans strategy is to enhance its radar sensing capability and missile interception capability. For example, Kyodo News Agency revealed that Japan is calling at least two ships carrying Aegis to cover missile interception capabilities in low altitude areas as far as possible. In addition, the Japanese side will also strengthen the function of radar detection.
Japan-ROK relations continue to deteriorate. Consultations between senior foreign ministers of the two countries were held in Tokyo.
BEIJING, Sept. 20, according to the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), in the context of deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea, the ministers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea held consultations on the 20th. Japan once again demanded that the ROK rectify its current situation of violating international law on labour issues during the Pacific War.
Will the iron triangle between the US, Japan and South Korea, which Korea abandoned its military agreement with Japan, fall apart?
Relations between Japan and South Korea have continued to deteriorate since Japan announced in early July that it would restrict exports of three semiconductor materials to South Korea. Recently, the war has shifted from trade to security.