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U.S. fighter planes to reinforce Japan
AFAR
2/18/2003

In preparation for a possible attack by North Korea, the United States has reinforced US airforce bases in Japan, according to a Japanese media agency. Specifically, F-15 fighter bombers and U-2 reconnaissance planes are being moved to Japan, reportedly as a result of a US-Japan strategy meeting held by US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Yukio Takeuchi last week in Washington. Washington is sensing increasing pressure of attack by North Korea as American forces are in part moving towards Iraq. Thus, the US-Japanese security system for the Asia Pacific region is still of high importance.



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