North Korea threats: Japan puts missile interceptor in sea
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.