According to reports, Japan has dispatched its biggest warship since World War II to guard and escort a U.S. supply vessel. The mission, which comes amid rising tensions over North Korea, is performed under Japan’s expanded security law that came into force March last year. Under this law, Japan has the right to aid an alley under attack and expand its SDF activities overseas.
The ship was ordered by defense minister Tomomi Inada and is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American Amanda which was deployed by Trump to restrict North Korean nuclear ambitions.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly said that North Korea’s missile test this weekend – albeit a failure – represents a serious threat.
“Despite strong warnings by the international community, North Korea today went through with its ballistic missile launch. It is a grave threat to our country. This is absolutely not acceptable. We strongly condemn such acts,” Abe told reporters in London on Saturday.