November 18, 2014 09:22
Washington has reminded Seoul that it will automatically dispatch the U.S. Forces Japan to the Korean Peninsula in case of an emergency like a war with North Korea.
Washington's thrust was that Tokyo would not have a say in the matter because the USFJ is under regional American command.
The announcement was an apparent rebuff to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who recently called for more input from his government in the moves of the USFJ.
A Defense Ministry official said on Monday, "The U.S. clarified that the bilateral defense treaty with Korea takes priority when it comes to North Korean matters and it would not need to discuss contingency plans with Japan."
Military experts claimed that the U.S. military base in Japan effectively serves as the UN Command's rear-area headquarters and thus there is no basis for Japan to meddle.
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