Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Japan says will destroy North Korea missile if threat to territory
said Wednesday it would destroy a North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after
announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month.
"Today the defence minister issued an order" to destroy
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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