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U.S. to deploy second X-band radar in Japan


18:34, February 26, 2013

TOKYO, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said here Tuesday that Japan and the United States have decided to deploy the second X-band radar in Kyoto to cope with missile development of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Onodera told a press conference that the decision was made in recent Japan-U.S. leader talks and the deployment of such missile- tracing radar is to deal with DPRK's missile development.

Japanese Self-Defense Forces' Kyogamisaki base in Kyoto's Kyotango city was considered the best place to install the radar.

However, local government said that if the central government could not relieve anxiety of local residents over the installation, it will not allow the radar to be deployed in the Kyogamisaki base.

The United States has deployed an X-band radar in north Aomori Prefecture and will tremendously improve the accuracy of the second one, said the defense minister.

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