Japan sets up anti-missile system

Japan sets up anti-missile system

Japan sets up anti-missile system

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.

Japan said on Saturday it has installed anti-missile systems in several parts of the country following North Korea's threat to launch four ballistic missiles towards the American island of Guam.

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

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. No PAC-3 units are regularly stationed in those four prefectures.

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A destroyer equipped with radars and the Aegis missile defense system, which can destroy short- to medium-range ballistic missiles, has also been sent to the Sea of Japan to monitor the North's military activity.

"While standing by 24 hours in preparation for a launch, we are calling on our residents to be on alert in case we issue emergency information", Makoto Ebuchi added.

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 or any attempt to shoot it down.

The White House said in a statement that the two leaders "agreed North Korea must stop provocative and escalatory behavior" and that they are both committed to the denuclearization of the peninsula.

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