A member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force guards a Patriot missile-defense system at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
A member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force guards a Patriot missile-defense system at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

US agrees to sell $600M in air-defense missiles to Japan and S. Korea

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

The U.S. State Department has approved more than $600 million in air-defense missile sales to South Korea and Japan, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The approvals were announced in statements by the agency May 17 following a pair of missile tests by North Korea a week earlier. Efforts by the United States and North Korea to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula have moved slowly despite two summit meetings between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un since 2018.

“The Government of Japan has requested to buy one hundred sixty (160) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), and one (1) AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

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