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Japan says will destroy NKorea missile if threat to territory

Japan Said Today It Would Destroy A North Korean Missile If It Threatened To Fall On Its Territory, After Pyongyang Announced It Planned To Launch A Space Rocket This Month.

PTI | Updated on: 03 Feb 2016, 12:59:30 PM

Tokyo:

Japan said today it would destroy a North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after Pyongyang announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month.

“Today the defence minister issued an order” to destroy such a missile if it “is confirmed that it will fall on Japanese territory,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

Defence Minister Gen Nakatani issued the order, citing the “possibility that North Korea will launch a missile it calls a ‘satellite’ within coming days,” the statement said.

The order will be carried out by Japan’s ballistic missile defence system, which includes PAC-3 surface-to-air anti-ballistic missiles, and similar SM-3 systems aboard warships, the ministry said.

The order will be effective until February 25, it added, the end of the launch window announced by Pyongyang that begins on February 8.

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First Published : 03 Feb 2016, 12:55:00 PM

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