The United States has deployed an advanced warship to Japan in order to form a “ballistic defense platform” in the region, a provocative move ahead of the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The US Navy announced on Tuesday that the USS Milius, one of the most advanced US guided missile destroyers currently in service, had arrived in Japan’s Yokosuka Naval Base.
The move was aimed at reinforcing missile defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia, the Navy said in a statement.
The Milius will “support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by bringing enhanced missile defense capabilities as a ballistic missile defense platform”, the statement added.
The development comes three weeks before a historic meeting that is supposed to take place between Kim and Trump in Singapore on June 12.
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