North Korea threats: Japan puts missile interceptor in sea

Last Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:16

Tokyo: Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has ordered the country`s defense forces to prepare to intercept ballistic missiles from North Korea, a report has said.

According to several government sources, there is not a high possibility that the missile would target Japan, but the country has determined that it should prepare for any contingency.

Under the order, destroyers equipped with sea-based interceptor missiles will be deployed in the Sea of Japan to intercept any North Korean missiles that appear likely to hit Japan, the Japan Times reports.

The North`s military warned last week that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons .

South Korean officials say North Korea has moved at least one missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, possibly the untested Musudan missile, believed to have a range of nearly 3,000 km.


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First Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:15

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