Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken about the danger of being attacked by North Korea.He has warned that North Korea may be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas towards Japan.
These comments come amid looming concern about another missile or nuclear test by the communist country.
Responding to a question about Japan’s readiness at a time of increased tension, Mr Abe told a parliamentary panel on national security and diplomacy: “There is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to deliver missiles with sarin as warheads.”
North Korea is not a signatory to the international Chemical Weapons Convention and has been producing chemical weapons since the 1980s.It is now estimated to have as many as 5,000 tons, according to a South Korean defence white paper. Its stockpile reportedly has 25 types of agents, including sarin.
Japan, under its postwar constitution, has limited the role of its military to self-defence only and relied on the US for offensive and nuclear capability. But recently, Mr Abe’s ruling party has proposed that Japan should bolster its missile defence, including upgrading the capability to shoot down an enemy missile.