- Japan deployed defense missile system amid North Korea’s threat to strike Guam with missiles
- The Patriot interceptor missiles were deployed in prefectures where North Korea’s missiles are expected to fly over
- The Japanese government said it wants to be ready in case North Korea’s missiles malfunction while over Japan
The Japanese government deployed Patriot interceptor missiles in western parts of the country as North Korea threatened to strike Guam with missiles.
According to Japan Times, Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures in Western Japan which could be along the missiles’ flight path. The defense missile system will also be deployed in the neighboring Ehime prefecture.
The Japanese government said it wants to be ready in case North Korea’s missiles malfunction while over Japan.
Japan said the war of words that has been escalating between the United States and North Korea is alarming as Kim Jong Un’s government continue to provoke Washington, the United Nations and Tokyo with its nuclear weapons and missile programs.
The Japanese chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, earlier said Tokyo cannot tolerate North Korea’s provocation and that the Japanese military will take necessary measures.