Skip to comments.Japan to supply ammo to South Korean troops in South Sudan
Posted on 12/25/2013 12:37:45 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Japan will waive its customary restrictions on arms exports to supply ammunition to South Korean peacekeepers in South Sudan, where fierce fighting has broken out, reports said Monday.
Japanese peacekeepers engaged in non-combat operations in the African country will provide 10,000 rounds of ammunition to the South Koreans there, the reports said.
It will be the first time for Japan, which is barred by its post-World War II pacifist constitution from using force to settle disputes, to provide weapons to the military of another country through the United Nations, the Jiji and Kyodo news agencies said.
They said the decision was made at an emergency meeting Monday of Japans National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in response to a South Korean request.
Fighting has spread across South Sudan since Dec 15, after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Machar denied the claim and accused Kiir of carrying out a vicious purge of his rivals.
The Japanese law governing peacekeeping operations says it can provide such supplies, with cabinet approval, as part of its cooperation in U.N. activities.
About 350 Japanese troops are deployed in South Sudan in operations such as construction and maintaining infrastructure, the TV Asahi network said.
South Korea asked the UN Missions in South Sudan for extra ammunition since its troops are mostly engineers and medics and fears of civil war have grown, the Souths Yonhap news agency reported.
Citing the defense ministry, it said the 280-member South Korean contingency operates from the town of Bor, 170 kilometers north of the capital Juba.
10,000 rounds for South Korean engineers and medics. Hope they have some range time.
It’s been a lot of years but as I recall from Nam, messing with the SKs is a quick method of opening up an extra large can of whoopa$$.
10,000 rounds will just about cover range time.
True. What is the chance they can actually fight off any real attack?
Not sure what the ROK troops are like today but in Vietnam between 1965 and 1973, 312,853 South Korean soldiers fought in Vietnam, killing some 41,400 NVA and Viet Cong. Those guys were tough as could be in those days.
If they are the same, God save the bad guys in South Sudan--
I wonder if Japan will do the same for us U.S. Citizens when TSHF here?
Only works out to about 35 or 36 rounds per man.
yep. barely a platoon’s basic combat load...
I believe it was Mao (or Ho Chi Minh?) who replied to his “comrades” when they asked him about their lack of weapons and ammunition, “Your enemies will bring you weapons.”
Hopefully there will be plenty of available AK’s and ammo on deck after the first encounter with the Sudanese jihadists for the ROKs to utilize.
They can send 10,000 rounds?
I can send more than that.
At first the number didn’t seem odd or anything until I started reading the replies. Then I got to thinking and, yes that is just a handful of ammo for a military unit.
Wait till they find out it’s metric and don’t fit!
I knew some ROK Marines in 67, hard Corps.
Excellent in hand to hand and some of them
could throw a stainless steel chopstick with
great accuracy! Funny thing was they thought
WE were bad!
Silly old me, nothing will change in South Sudan, I forgot the ROKs are there as UN Peacekeepers—
This isn’t ammo for ROK medics and engineers. This is Japan trying to open a closer military relationship with South Korea and reverse it’s non-intervention policy. It’s silly to think that S. Korea can’t provide their troops with a measly 10K small arms rounds. Given the animosity between the two peoples, both sides could accept this without raising much controversy.
I hope this is only the beginning of more military cooperation between them.