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Statement from the USFJ Commander: Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez

17-016 | Aug. 30, 2017

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - People across northern Japan were woken two days ago by alarms warning of a North Korean missile flying overhead. The launch was the latest in a series of reckless provocations by the North Korean regime, all part of illegal ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development program. The launches served no purpose other than to intimidate North Korea's neighbors.


In the face of these threats, Japan has one ally that they can place unwavering faith in. The bilateral alliance between the United States and Japan is strongest in the world, and America's commitment to guarantee the security of Japan and its people is ironclad. As a demonstration of this commitment, yesterday we hosted General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, who met with his Japanese counterparts to reaffirm the strength of U.S. military's partnership with the Japan Self Defense forces.


"The threats we face from North Korea are significant, but so is our capability and resolve to tackle them together," said General O'Shaughnessy.


Our alliance has endured for nearly sixty years, through numerous global and regional crises, the Cold War, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It has grown and adapted to new threats and security challenges. The Japan Self-Defense Forces have grown in capability, and every year the United States military improves its ability to operate with and alongside them.


That cooperation was demonstrated this week when Japan Air Self-Defense Force Patriot Missile batteries were deployed for one-day training exercises at Yokota Air Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. This type of cooperation is essential as our nations work together to confront the threat posed by North Korea's reckless actions.


At U.S. Forces, Japan, our mission is to strengthen the alliance between our nations and ensure that, if we are ever called upon to defend Japan, we will be ready to do so at a moment's notice. Our commitment to the defense of our allies in the face of these threats remains unwavering. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation and will continue to work together to ensure peace and security in the region.
























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