Japan issues interception order for N. Korean missile

TOKYO, May 30 (KUNA) — The Japanese government issued an interception order on Monday in anticipation of North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile, public broadcaster NHK reported. The order was issued to the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down any incoming projectiles from North Korea if it falls onto the Japanese territory, according to the report.
Following the order, the Self-Defense Forces have started setting up surface-to-air PAC-3 interceptor missile systems at the Defense Ministry compound in central Tokyo, the report said. The Defense Ministry will also deploy Aegis destroyers fitted with sophisticated radar system and interceptor missiles to waters around Japan, it said.
Japanese government officials said there are signs that North Korea is preparing to launch a ballistic missile, according to the report.
The government issued a similar order in March, but it lifted it on May 11 after North Korea’s Workers’ Party finished its congress. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday that the country’s military has detected signs of preparation for firing a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile in North Korea’s northeast.
In April, Pyongyang fired what appeared to be Musudan missiles from the area on three occasions, but they all exploded immediately after launching. Analysts warned of difficulties in detecting preparations to launch the Musudan, because it uses a mobile launcher. (end) mk.mt

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