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General Dunford: U.S., South Korea, and Japan must cooperate to counter North Korean threat.

As detailed in the article linked below, senior military leaders from Japan, South Korea, and the United States recently met in Hawaii for “trilateral” meetings. This is the fifth such meeting since 2014.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joe Dunford hosted senior officers from America’s two main allies in the Pacific to discuss the evolving threat presented by the North’s aggresive weapons programs.

He stressed that Japan would play a key role should the U.S. ever be forced to strike the North militarily, as it is the closest power projection platform to Korea and over 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed there.

For those not familiar with the region, we would point out that these trilateral talks present a variety of difficult diplomatic problems aside from the obvious military ones. Memory of Japanese colonial occupation is still a sore spot in the minds of millions of Korean–South and North–and Japan is officially a pacifist state whose Self Defense Force is technically an extension of the nation’s police force. Growing Japan’s organic defense capability could make Japan a stronger ally, but would present domestic political question in Japan as well as having the potential to raise suspicions of countries in the region who have not forgiven the more brutal episodes of Japan’s imperial history.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted his counterparts from South Korea and Japan in trilateral talks at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii that focused narrowly on the threat posed by North Korea. Read more at source…

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