True motive behind missile unit deployment on Miyako

By Choe Yong Nam

Shortly ago, Japan deployed a new ground-to-air and ground-to-vessel missile unit of the Ground Self-Defence Force on Miyako Island of Okinawa.
Type 12 Surface-to-Ship Missile
Type 12 Surface-to-Ship Missile (Photo Wikipedia)
At present, the construction of an ammunition chamber for storing multi-purpose ballistic missiles, mortar shells and missiles is in full swing with an eye to completion until March next year.

The deployment of the missile unit was carried out on the pretext of the strengthening of defence posture, but its real intention is too obvious.

Miyako is an island of Okinawa adjoining Diaoyu Islands in the sensitive water area over which China and Japan are in dispute.

According to the “plan to cope with a potential clash with China over Senkaku Islands (its Chinese name is Diaoyu Islands) at an early stage by committing missile units”, the Japanese government pressed on with the formation and stationing of security and missile units and units for restoring landing strips of fighters.

As a result, a 160-strong coast guard unit was stationed in Okinawa in 2016 and 500-strong missile and security units in Kagoshima in 2019. And since March this year Japan has pushed the construction for the deployment of 500- to 600-strong missile and security units in Okinawa.

Japan incessantly strains the situation in disputed water areas in a bid to create objective conditions favourable for becoming a military power, ensure military operations in any places of the world beyond the boundary of the archipelago and put the SDF on a real war format and modernize it, thereby realizing its wild ambition for reinvasion. This is just its real aim.

It should not go unnoticed that its defence expenditure has recently reached a record high.

However, it must bear in mind that the more it is hell-bent on risky military build-up, the more the neighbouring countries will grow wary of it and the faster it will face self-ruin.

It is natural for the islanders to raise their voices of protest against the deployment of the missile unit on Miyako, saying the militarization of the island will only hasten a war crisis and urging the government to stop the readjustment of the island for war.

(Pyongyang Times - April 30, 2020)
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