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North Korea continues to develop nuclear and missile technologies despite international condemnation.   © KCNA/Kyodo

Japan should mull pre-emptive strike capability: LDP panel

Proposal with Pyongyang in mind faces formidable obstacles

| North Korea

TOKYO -- The national security panel of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to recommend that the country acquire the ability to strike enemy bases in the case of an imminent threat.

Former Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto told a Friday meeting attended by members of the panel and others that Japan needs "the ability to attack enemy bases," showing his support for the idea. The panel will likely urge the government to consider this matter in recommendations expected to be presented as early as this spring.

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