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A nuclear-armed Japan? North Korea is making it likelier

National Post View
September 1, 2017
By staff writer

There is very little that could lead Japan, with its understandable aversion to nuclear weapons, to ponder arming itself with its own nuclear strike force. North Korea is testing exactly how far that reluctance goes. Japan, which was bombed twice with nuclear weapons, was forced to trigger civil defence sirens and emergency alerts this week after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the home islands. North Korean missile launches are all too routine, but this, although not entirely unprecedented, was deliberately provocative. Most North Korean launches land harmlessly in the sea. This one deliberately overflew Japanese territory and military officials would have been anxiously monitoring radar analyses for several long minutes before they would know for certain that it would miss Japanese soil.
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