US military chief to troops in Japan: Avoid war by preparing for it
TOKYO (AP) – The top U.S. military officer told American troops based in Japan on Thursday that “the best way to avoid war is to prepare for it".
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, made the comments at Yokota air base amid heightened tensions in the region after repeated threats from North Korea.
In response, the US has deployed an anti-ballistic missile battery to Guam, while the Japanese government has deployed Aegis cruisers and land-based missile interceptors around Tokyo.
While there has been a lull in rising hostility between the two Koreas the past few days, prospects for dialogue were dim after North Korea demanded the lifting of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming long-suspended talks aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.