PAC-3 missile interceptors deployed in western Japan

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

In response, US President Donald Trump tweeted that Washington has its military plan "locked and loaded" should Pyongyang "act unwisely".

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.

In the escalating war of words with the United States, North Korea has threatened to launch four missiles over Japan to waters around Guam, where a key USA military base is located.

The projectiles will travel over Japan's Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures.

The Japanese Defense Ministry on Saturday finished deploying Patriot missile defense systems in the country's south in anticipation of North Korea's possible strike on Guam, the state broadcaster NHK said.

Japan's missile defense program includes the Maritime Self-Defense Force's (SDF) Aegis destroyers, aimed at shooting down airborne missiles, and the Air Self-Defense Force's PAC-3 system, which is aimed at countering missiles that evade Aegis interceptors. No PAC-3 units are regularly stationed in those four prefectures.

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Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, said earlier this week that Tokyo "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea and the country's military, will "take necessary measures".

"I will do my best to secure our people's lives and property", Abe said without elaboration.

The PAC-3, with a range of 20 kilometers, will not be launched if the North Korean missiles fly normally.

In 2009, a North Korean rocket passed over Japanese territory without incident, triggering Japan's immediate denouncement.

He added that he hopes North Korean leader will "find another path." .

But the Chinese foreign ministry said Xi urged Trump to avoid "words and deeds" that would "exacerbate" the already-tense situation, exercise restraint and seek a political settlement.

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