"The missile, which had a reported range of more than 500 kilometers (300 miles), was fired from a southern launch pad, said an official at Seoul's Defense Ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules."
"The 2012 U.S. deal allows South Korea to possess ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800 kilometers (500 miles). A previous 2001 accord with Washington had barred South Korea from deploying ballistic missiles with a range of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) because of concerns about a regional arms race."
"In their talks in Singapore, held on the fringes of the annual Asia Security Summit conference, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, Nakatani explained the security bills that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to pass and the revisions to the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines, Foreign Ministry officials said."
"About 58.1 percent of South Koreans view Japan as a military threat, up from 46.3 percent the previous year, now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to beef up postwar security policy, a survey said Friday.
The joint survey, conducted by Japanese civic group Genron NPO and South Korean think tank East Asia Institute from April to May, drew responses from around 1,000 people in each country and found that only 11.2 percent of Japanese respondents view South Korea as a military threat."
[Asan Institute for Policy Studies] Measuring a Giant: South Korean Perceptions of the United States. 04/20/15
"61.4% of South Koreans blamed the US for the division of Korea
a surprising number (44.5%) stated that the two countries did not share the same interests
Specifically, 70.5% of South Koreans thought China will become the future economic superpower while only 20.2% said the same about the US. In terms of future political influence, 47.6% chose the US while 39.5% sided with China."
By Van Jackson.
"But while U.S. extended deterrence commitments to Japan and South Korea are the ultimate promise, it is a promise for the least-likely situation. And meanwhile, whether because of political expediency or the low stakes involved, the United States has played a marginal role in dealing with the smaller threats these two countries face: for Japan, Chinese harassment in waters around contested islands in the East China Sea; and for South Korea, conventional attacks by North Korea. The result? By failing to adequately tackle small-scale challenges with or on behalf of Tokyo and Seoul, the United States has cast doubt about its nuclear umbrella for those two countries.
This in turn reflects an unstated paradox: the strongest form of U.S. commitment doesn't address the much weaker quotidian challenges actually facing its allies."
By Jennifer Lind.
"...If they wanted to reconcile with the Japanese, South Koreans—like the French toward the West Germans—would need to acknowledge the threats that Japan perceived in the early twentieth century and the suffering of the Japanese people during the war...."
"...South Korea distances itself from Tokyo in part to appease Beijing... As part of this distancing, Seoul promotes a narrative (as seen in its recent monuments and museums) that emphasizes Japan’s wartime violence and highlights Korean amity with China...."
" “China Deploys Nuclear Missiles at Mt. Baekdu,” screamed the headline in the The Chosun Ilbo, ending with a warning from a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, “If China has deployed DF-21 missiles at Mt. Baekdu, it’s a warning to the military alliance among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.”
No, no and no. It’s not a deployment, it’s not at Mount Baekdu and it’s not a warning to anyone."
By Hyun-Binn Cho.
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