Japan deploys missile defence system over N Korea threat US Pacific terriroty

Japan deploys missile defence system over N Korea threat US Pacific terriroty”

The government hopes to complete the deployment of the surface-to-air missile defense system in western Japan by Saturday morning after North Korea said it is "seriously examining" a plan to simultaneously fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over western Japan in an "enveloping strike at Guam".

The first Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) system was installed at the Ground Self-Defense Force Kochi base in Konan, Kochi Prefecture, on August 12 with the aim of intercepting North Korean missiles that stray into Japanese territory from the intended target, Guam. Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have escalated as the war of words continue between the two countries, with President Donald Trump warning to Kim Jong-un that he "will truly regret" if he issues any hostile action or threat against Guam or any ally of Washington.

The PAC-3 deployment is created to prepare for a contingency if any North Korean missiles malfunction and come down over Japan for technological or other reasons.

Japan deploys missile defence system over N Korea threat US Pacific terriroty

The defence ministry started deploying the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which Pyongyang warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK said. As per the television footages, Japan's military vehicles carried launchers and other equipment.

The four PAC-3 systems are brought from eastern Japan, as its missile defense is largely centered around Tokyo.

Immediate confirmation from the defense ministry was not available but an official at the crisis management office of the Kochi prefectural government said the PAC-3 had been deployed. In 2009, a North Korean rocket passed over Japanese territory without incident or any attempt to shoot it down.

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