Japan deploys PAC-3 in Tokyo for possible N. Korean missile

TOKYO, Jan 29 (KUNA) –Japan set up missile interceptors in central Tokyo on Friday to prepare for a possible ballistic missile launch by North Korea, which conducted a nuclear test on January 6.
The Defense Ministry deployed two ground-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) launchers at the ministry’s headquarters to intercept a missile fired by North Korea or its debris if they appear to be falling on the Japanese territory.
The deployment came after a report on apparent signs of preparation for a long-range ballistic missile in about a week at the earliest from its west coast.
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani has ordered the Self-Defense Forces to be ready to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles if they reach Japan.
The ministry has also dispatched an Aegis destroyer equipped with Standard Missile-III interceptor systems from a naval base southwest of Tokyo. The North last fired long-range ballistic missile in December 2012, calling it a satellite. (end) mk.bs