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U.S., Japan, South Korea should link missile defenses, general says

U.S., Japan, South Korea should link missile defenses, general says, The United States, Japan and South Korea should integrate their missile defense systems to better protect themselves against a potential North Korean nuclear attack, a top American general said April 27.

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the American Forces Press Service (AFPS) that a combined system linking the ground-based, aerial and maritime assets of all three nations would be "better than the sum of its individual parts."

Dempsey made his comments after a week-long trip to Northeast Asia, including Japan and South Korea. He reportedly discussed the trilateral arrangement idea with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts.

While acknowledging that political friction exists between Japan and South Korea, partly due to Japan's occupation of Korea in the first half of the 20th century, he encouraged both countries to set those differences aside and focus on the current ballistic missile threat from North Korea, AFPS said.

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