Japanese-Israel defense accords cover cyber security cooperation against China, North Korea and Iran

Japanese-Israel military intelligence collaboration in cyber security was at the center of bilateral defense agreements reached in Tokyo Monday, May 12, between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. The two leaders agreed to join forces against China’s cyber war capabilities, some of which Beijing has transferred to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the North Korean armed forces.

Netanyahu and Abe agreed that Israeli cyber specialists would visit Japan to help set up cyber security programs for combating potential attacks on military infrastructure, strategic utilities and companies. Officers of Japan’s Self-Defense forces would also visit Israel to attend Israel Defense Forces courses on this subject.

More exclusive details about the cyber collaboration agreed on between Japan and Israel in the coming DEBKA Weekly out next Friday.

At a meeting with Japanese politicians Monday, Netanyahu remarked: “You face North Korea, which is a rogue regime with nuclear weapons. We face the same possibility from Iran, which is a rogue regime that wants to have nuclear weapons. They’re cooperating between them, and we should cooperate between us.”

“The same words – ‘clear and present danger’ – certainly apply to the Iranian nuclear program as well,” the Israel prime minister said.

debkafile adds: This was the first time the Israeli prime minister had openly mentioned a prospective Iranian nuclear test like those carried out by North Korea.

“Like North Korea before it, Iran wants to keep its military capabilities, military nuclear capabilities while easing the sanctions that are applied to it,” Netanyahu said. “We cannot let the ayatollahs win.”

Full article: Japanese-Israel defense accords cover cyber security cooperation against China, North Korea and Iran (DEBKAfile)

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