Biden Warns of Japanese Nuclear Armament

      June 23, 2016 12:50

      U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan may arm itself with nuclear weapons if North Korea's nuclear development remains unchecked.

      Japan could go nuclear "virtually overnight," unless Beijing does more to rein in North Korea, Biden told Charlie Rose on PBS on Monday.

      "When I tell President Xi, you have to understand we got a guy up there in North Korea who is talking about building weapons that can strike, nuclear weapons strike the United States and not only Hawaii and Alaska, but... the mainland of the United States," Biden said. "And I say, so we're going to move up our defense system, and he says no, no, no, wait a minute, my military thinks you're going to try to circle us."

      Biden was talking about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that Washington is pushing Seoul into deploying here.

      "And what happens… if we don't work out something together on North Korea?" he added. "What happens if Japan, who could tomorrow, could go nuclear tomorrow? They have the capacity to do it virtually overnight."

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