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International relations

US destroyer crash casts shadow on North Korea deterrence

Japan expresses concern about fallout on missile defense

| North Korea

TOKYO -- With a U.S. Navy destroyer out of commission after a deadly crash Saturday, Japanese officials are raising concerns over the potential impact on missile defenses against North Korea.

"We need the deterrence provided by the U.S. military in defending against North Korean missiles," Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada stressed to reporters Tuesday. "We will continue to work with U.S. forces and ensure we can respond to any situation."

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