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US approves $3.3 Billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan

According to Pentagon, Japan will buy up to 73 of the Raytheon-made SM-3 Block IIA missiles, which are designed to be fired by the ship-board Aegis system to intercept incoming ballistic missiles.

The sale came as North Korea is expanding its offensive missile capabilities, having proven over the past two years the ability to launch medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, potentially nuclear-tipped, that could hit both Japan and the United States.

The Pentagon also approved new arms sales to Hungary, South Korea, Lithuania and Denmark, worth together another 943 million dollars.

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