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Japan intercepts missile in milestone test

A Japanese navy destroyer shot down a ballistic missile on Monday in a test about 100 miles over the Pacific, a first for a U.S. ally, U.S. and Japanese forces said.

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

U.S.-Japanese missile-defense ties have grown greatly since North Korea fired a three-stage Taepo Dong 1 missile over Japan on August 31, 1998.

Not one of the finer moments for Albright, Saint Bill or Bill Richardson, eh?

Such cooperation [between the U.S. and Japan on missile-defense and naval tactics] has angered [China], which fears it could help the United States defend Taiwan if China used force to try to bring the self-governing island under mainland rule.


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