Iwaya: N.korea Fired Two Ballistic Missiles

Iwaya: N.Korea fired two ballistic missiles

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Saturday morning. He also says South Korea's notification that it will end an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan did not affect Tokyo's information gathering on the launch.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Iwaya said the missiles were launched from the eastern side of the Korean Peninsula at around 6:44 and 7:01 a.m. He said both missiles are believed to have fallen in the Sea of Japan, outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Iwaya: N.korea May Launch More Missiles

Iwaya: N.Korea may launch more missiles

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has said it is still possible for North Korea to launch more missiles, and vowed to strengthen surveillance activities.

Iwaya made the remark on Thursday as Pyongyang has repeatedly fired what appear to be short-range ballistic missiles in recent weeks.

Iwaya, Esper Reaffirm Close Cooperation On N.korea

Iwaya, Esper reaffirm close cooperation on N.Korea

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper have reaffirmed their countries' close cooperation on North Korea.

Esper met Iwaya at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday for the first time since taking office last month. Their meeting follows multiple launches of short-range ballistic missiles and unidentified projectiles by North Korea in the past two weeks.

Iwaya: N.korean Projectile Launches "regrettable"

Iwaya: N.Korean projectile launches

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the repeated projectile launches by North Korea are regrettable.

Iwaya noted to reporters in Nagoya, central Japan, on Wednesday morning that North Korea had launched projectiles earlier in the day.

Iwaya: N.korea Fired Short-range Ballistic Missiles

Iwaya: N.Korea fired short-range ballistic missiles

The Japanese government says it has determined that two projectiles fired by North Korea last week were short-range ballistic missiles.

On Monday, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters that the government had concluded the projectiles were short-range ballistic missiles, based on information it had collected.

Iwaya: North's Projectile Launch Regrettable

Iwaya: North's projectile launch regrettable

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says the projectile launch by North Korea is very regrettable and that Japan is closely monitoring the situation.

South Korea's military says North Korea fired what appear to be two short-range missiles from the eastern city of Wonsan towards the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning.

Iwaya Meets Bolton In Tokyo

Iwaya meets Bolton in Tokyo

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has met US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Tokyo. They discussed Washington's recent proposal to establish a coalition for ensuring safety in the Strait of Hormuz.

Their talks took place at the Defense Ministry on Monday. Iwaya thanked Bolton for his efforts to bolster the Japan-US security alliance.

Iwaya: Not Considering Dispatching Sdf To Hormuz

Iwaya: Not considering dispatching SDF to Hormuz

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says Japan has no plans to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East to join a US-proposed coalition designed to ensure safety of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, said on July 9 that Washington is engaging with a number of countries to see if it can set up the coalition.

Iwaya: Residents Safe From Illness-causing Radars

Iwaya: Residents safe from illness-causing radars

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has acknowledged that being in the vicinity of a new land-based missile defense system could cause people to feel ill. But he promised the government would take necessary steps to ensure that residents near the proposed sites of Aegis Ashore batteries can't come near them.

The government plans to deploy Aegis systems in the cities of Akita and Hagi, in northern and western Japan, respectively. Residents have raised concerns that the electromagnetic waves from the systems' radars could affect their health.

Iwaya Apologizes For Aegis Ashore Issues

Iwaya apologizes for Aegis Ashore issues

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has apologized to the governor of Akita Prefecture for incidents related to the planned deployment of a land-based missile interceptor system known as Aegis Ashore.

Iwaya met with Governor Norihisa Satake at the prefectural office on Monday.

Iwaya: No Need To Send Sdf After Tanker Attacks

Iwaya: No need to send SDF after tanker attacks

Japan's Defense Minister says the government does not plan to dispatch Self-Defense Force personnel in response to the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

Two tankers were attacked on Thursday near the Strait of Hormuz. One of the vessels is operated by a Tokyo-based shipping firm.

Iwaya Plans To Deploy Us Osprey Aircraft In Chiba

Iwaya plans to deploy US Osprey aircraft in Chiba

Japan's defense minister says he wants to deploy on a temporary basis the US military's Osprey transport aircraft to a Self-Defense Force base in Kisarazu City, near Tokyo, in March of next year at the earliest.

The Defense Ministry plans to deploy a total of 17 Ospreys for use by the Ground Self-Defense Force by 2021.

Iwaya Hopes For Stability In Middle East

Iwaya hopes for stability in Middle East

Japan's defense minister says he hopes for a de-escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States.

Takeshi Iwaya spoke to reporters on Tuesday following Iran's announcement that it has quadrupled its capacity to produce low-enriched uranium.

Iwaya Wants To Improve Ties With S.korea

Iwaya wants to improve ties with S.Korea

Japan's defense minister says he is looking forward to meeting his South Korean counterpart to discuss improving relations to deal with the North Korean nuclear and missile issues.

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya made the remarks in a meeting in Oita Prefecture on Saturday.