Japan plans to purchase long-range missiles for the first time in the history, CNN reports, to handle its "increasingly severe" national security situation.
"We will implement stand-off missiles capable of defending ourselves adequately, when we are outside the range of the opponent, in order to ensure the safety of the Self Defense Force and to defend our nation effectively," Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters from CNN Japan.
Earlier this year, North Korea test-fired two missiles that flew close enough to Japan to set off alarms. Last month, President Trump advised the Japanese government in Tokyo to purchase U.S. military equipment. Japan's Defense Ministry will finance the purchases by adding a line in next year's budget proposal, CNN reports.