How the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general rekindled Kim Jong Un’s worst fears
With the order to kill a top Iranian general last week, U.S. President Donald Trump may have rekindled Kim Jong Un’s worst fears while simultaneously cementing the North Korean leader’s belief that relinquishing his nuclear arsenal would be tantamount to suicide. The U.S. on Friday unleashed a volley of... Read more
South Korea ending intelligence sharing program with Japan
Jesse Johnson and Sakura Murakami Japan Times, Tokyo In a stunning move that could further upend already fraying ties between Japan and South Korea, Seoul on Thursday announced that it would scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the South’s presidential Blue House saying in a statement that... Read more
U.S. puts Russia, China, and North Korea on notice with cruise missile test, first in 30 years
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years, under a treaty from which it bolted earlier this month, the Pentagon said Monday, in a move experts said was likely to have been closely... Read more
New Report: China could cripple the U.S. military in the Pacific “within hours” if war breaks out
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo China’s growing military power in Asia could have “dire consequences” for the U.S.-led regional order, according to a new report that says its powerful missile arsenal could embolden Beijing in the “near-term” to seize the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands and other territories in the Ryukyu... Read more
Trump wants South Korea to pay more to keep U.S. troops there
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo In a move likely to have implications for Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that discussions have begun with South Korea to get the Asian ally to pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops there. “South Korea has agreed to pay... Read more
Bolton wants the U.S. to put IRBMs in Asia to protect allies, says it would defend them from China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday linked the deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) in Asia to protecting America’s allies in the region — including Japan — despite Chinese warnings it would take retaliatory countermeasures. Bolton said that any U.S. deployment of... Read more
North Korea launches two ballistic missiles towards Japan in response to S. Korea-U.S. military drills
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from its east coast Wednesday, the South Korean military said, less than a week after the launch of two similar weapons as it looks to heap pressure on Seoul and Washington to halt upcoming joint military drills.... Read more
Kim Jong Un looks over “new” submarine that’s capable of firing a nuclear missile
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a “newly built submarine” that was to operate in the Sea of Japan, state-run media said Tuesday, in one of the first displays of power related to his country’s nuclear capabilities since November 2017. Without giving a... Read more
North Korea threatens to call off talks if U.S.-South Korea military drills go on
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea hinted Tuesday that long-stalled working-level denuclearization talks with the United States due to be restarted soon could be halted and nuclear and missile tests restarted if the U.S. goes ahead with planned joint military exercises with South Korea. In a statement carried... Read more
One year after Singapore summit, hope fades for U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo One year after the handshakes, photo ops and circus-like fanfare of the first-ever summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, hopes that Pyongyang will soon give up its nuclear weapons have all but evaporated. Following the Singapore summit, and another... Read more

Jesse Johnson

Japan Times, Tokyo

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