Russia says Tokyo's deployment of U.S. missiles a blow to relations

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 7:52 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A recent decision by Japan to deploy a U.S. missile defense system will hurt Moscow's relations with Tokyo and is a breach by Washington of a landmark arms control treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Japan formally decided this month it would expand its ballistic missile defense system with U.S.-made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors in response to a growing threat from North Korean rockets.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn)