June 7, 2005

CRANK...CRANK...CRANK...:

U.S. OKs sale of 40 missiles to Japan (The Associated Press, June 7, 2005)

The Bush administration has authorized the sale of 40 naval surface-to-air missiles to Japan, saying its ally needs the weapons to defend vital sea lanes.

The SM-2 Block IIIB missiles are carried on warships and can shoot down incoming missiles and aircraft.

The total value of the deal, which would include technical support and other associated parts, could be as high as $104 million, according to a statement from the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The sale won't affect the basic military balance in the Western Pacific, the agency said in a press release. Japan's potential adversaries include North Korea and China, which have large militaries.


The size of your army won't matter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2005 4:45 PM
Comments

Unless they can swim.

Posted by: Amos at June 7, 2005 8:08 PM

In related news, North Korea has agreed to return to 6-way talks (before the army starves to death too).

Posted by: jd watson at June 7, 2005 11:14 PM
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